Do You Want a Brighter Smile? Try Zoom! Whitening

Published on January 20, 2016 by

Many people despise their dull, yellow smile, but little do they know that there is a fast and successful whitening treatment in the world today that can help them finally achieve the white, bright chompers they have always wanted! At Dr. P. W. Jessup, Jr. - Fayetteville, North Carolina Dentist, we proudly offer Zoom! Whitening, which is an in-office whitening treatment that can brighten your smile in just one appointment.

How do I know Zoom! Whitening is the best treatment for me?
The best way to know if this treatment is the best for your smile is to consult with your dentist. Set up an appointment and let Dr. examine your teeth, gums, and underlying bone. If your smile is in tip-top shape, Zoom! Whitening is the proper option for you.

What is the process involved in Zoom! Whitening?
The process involved in Zoom! Whitening includes three 15-minute whitening sessions. First, you will sit in one of our comfortable dental chairs. Then, your dentist will cover your lips and gums to protect them from the whitening solution. When you are ready, will apply the solution to the surfaces of your teeth. The solution will then be activated by a special light, which will take about 15 minutes. Once the time is up, your dentist will re-apply the solution two additional times with the same waiting period. The total time of your appointment should be about 45 minutes.

What do I do after my smile is whitened?
After your smile is brighter than ever, your dentist will give you a whitening kit to use at home. Dr. will also give you the instructions you need to properly use the kit as well as any guidelines necessary to maintaining the whiteness of your smile.

If you would like to know more about Zoom! Whitening or if you would like to meet with Dr. to see if this is the best treatment for you, call our office today at and schedule an appointment. We are here to help you in any way we can, and we look forward to helping you feel proud of your smile once again!

The Value of Intraoral Cameras

Published on December 16, 2015 by

In the past a dental mirror was the only tool a dentist to get a firsthand look at the hard to see recesses of your mouth. This made it very difficult for a patient to really visualize what the dentist was seeing.

In recent years intraoral cameras have become a highly effective tool for dentists to get a great picture of what’s going on in your mouth and then put that image on a screen. An intraoral camera is essentially a small wand shaped device with a minute sized camera attached to the end. Your dentist can place the camera into the hard to see places in your mouth and the images appear on a screen.

This allows patient and dentist to interact with the images, giving the patient a greater understanding to make informed choices about their treatment options. In some cases the images can be sa ved to your dental records to keep a record of any ongoing dental care needs.

We feel that having the best equipment and training enables us to offer you the highest quality of oral health care. To schedule your next appointment please call us at . We look forward to seeing you!

X-Rays as a Diagnostic Tool

Published on October 29, 2015 by

Every couple of years, your dentist might recommend having a set of X-rays taken as a part of your six month routine checkup. Your dentist might also recommend X-rays taken in a particular region of your mouth before a procedure, such as a crown, root canal therapy or other instances when a closer look is called for.

While mirrors, probes and intraoral cameras are a great tool for seeing what’s going on with the surface of your teeth and gums, X-rays are one of the few tools we use to see what’s going on inside your teeth and gums.

Almost all dental offices are outfitted with X-ray machines. While some people might be concerned about radiation exposure from X-rays, the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements has found the exposure to be negligible.

During the X-ray procedure, your dental professional will place lead-lined protective vests or pads on you to further insure safe exposure to the non-effected parts of your body. Per FDA regulations, all X-ray equipment is inspected and serviced regularly to maintain the highest standards of protection and professional care.

X-rays are an important tool for us to insure you are getting the highest level of quality dental care. Your health and safety are of the utmost importance to us. If you have any questions about the next time you should receive X-ray diagnostics, please feel free to call us at to schedule your next appointment.

Nourish Your Smile by Knowing all about Fluoride

Published on August 27, 2015 by

Are you nervous about tooth decay and cavities? If so, there is a way to strengthen and nourish your smile and reduce the chances of having these dental problems, and that’s with fluoride! Fluoride is a mineral that can be found in natural resources, like food and tap water, and it is very important that you receive the proper amount of fluoride each day. As time passes, minerals are added to and taken from your smile, and those processes are called remineralization and demineralization. But, there are times when the demineralization process occurs more often than the remineralization process, which can result in a vulnerable smile and the beginning of tooth decay. This is why fluoride is very important.

To help increase your fluoride intake, you can brush your teeth every morning and every night with fluoride toothpaste and you can rinse your mouth daily with fluoride mouthwash. For more constant nourishment, you can drink tap water. We are also happy to provide fluoride treatment at our dental office. When you come in for a dental cleaning, we will give you a flavored fluoride treatment that will come in the form of a foam, gel, or varnish. The foam treatment is given in a mouth guard-like appliance and it is placed into your mouth for a few minutes. The varnish treatment is painted onto your teeth, and the gel treatment can be provided via mouth guard or by painting it onto your smile.

If you would like to know more about fluoride and its benefits, call our office today and talk to our friendly dental team. We are more than happy to teach you all about fluoride!

What Stress Can Do To Your Dental Health

Published on July 27, 2015 by

You spill some milk, break a heel, make your kids late to school . . . and it is only 8 o’clock in the morning. Life can be stressful, some days more than others. However, those who chronically feel stressed in their life can damage their health, which includes the health of their mouth. Reduce some of the stress in your life if you want to prevent these dental health problems.

Bruxism

Bruxism is the name for grinding and clenching your teeth. This often occurs while you sleep, and stress is the most common cause of it. Chronic bruxism can result in headaches, jaw pain, or teeth that are painful, worn, loose, or fractured.

TMJ Disorder

TMJ stands for the temporomandibular joints which open and close your mouth. When this system of joints and muscles inflame or develop other problems, then chewing can become painful and your jaw may make popping sounds. Bruxism often causes TMJ disorder to develop.

Gum Disease

Gum disease (or periodontal disease) develops when plaque infects gum tissue. However, the stress hormone cortisol can aid the development of this disease. Cortisol has not only been found to play a part in gum tissue destruction, but it can weaken the immune system (making the mouth more vulnerable to infection).

Oral Tissue Problems

Stress is one of the main triggers for several oral tissue problems such as canker sores, burning mouth syndrome, lichen planus, and cold sores.

Poor Habits

Those with excess stress in their life often develop poorer life-style habits. The habits that can negatively affect dental health include smoking, alcohol consumption, poor diet, and neglecting oral hygiene practices.

The Causes Of Osteonecrosis Of The Jaw

Published on June 23, 2015 by

Also known as ONJ, osteonecrosis of the jaw is a rare but serious condition that damages jaw bone tissue. The best way to treat this disease is to prevent it, so learn about the causes and risk factors of ONJ.

Causes

ONJ is caused by antiresorptive agent medications like bisphosphonates or denosumab. This medication is mostly used to treat osteoporosis, but it is also used to prevent bone problems and pain for cancer patients. Osteonecrosis of the jaw often develops after dental procedures such as tooth extractions, so inform your dentist if you are taking antiresorptive agents so they can make the necessary adjustments to your treatment plan.

Risk Factors

Though ONJ is caused by antiresorptive agents, there are risk factors that increase your chances of developing it, some of which can be avoided. Risk factors include:

  • Old age
  • Prolonged use of antiresorptive agents
  • Periodontal disease
  • Smoking
  • Diabetes
  • Dentures

It has also been found that 90% of those diagnosed with ONJ have cancer. This is because cancer patients receive a higher and more frequent dosage of antiresorptive agents and also receive radiation therapy which can affect the jaw. Keep an eye on the health of your mouth and visit your dentist every 6 months if you have cancer.