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We are re-opening Monday, May 4th.

If you are experiencing a dental emergency, please call our office at 219-865-4095

Safety is always our number one focus. Our high standard of care ensures that your trust and safety are never compromised.
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What Is UV Teeth Whitening?

Posted on 5/29/2020 by Crossroads Family Dental
Stained teeth leave a bad impression on people and often lead them to believe you have bad oral hygiene. Although some people have impeccable oral hygiene, their lifestyle choices would result in them having stained and yellowish teeth. A few common reasons why your teeth could lose its whiteness include excessive caffeine consumption, smoking, or chewing tobacco. Stained teeth are not appealing to the eyes and sometimes it's difficult to clean your teeth on your own which is why UV teeth whitening solutions under the care of professionals are highly recommended. Faster Process With the advancement in dental technology, teeth whitening processes have also advanced a lot. While the earlier gel-based teeth whitening solution took time to take effect and were inconvenient, the latest UV teeth whitening technology can be done in just one sitting. This means that you could walk into our office and walk out with pearly whites in just a matter of a couple of hours. This convenience can be afforded because of our state of the art equipment. Better Oral Hygiene Once you complete your UV teeth whitening process, there are several benefits that you receive. The biggest advantage is it does not affect the enamel of your teeth in any way. The structure and integrity of your teeth will not be compromised when you undergo a UV teeth whitening procedure. You will also manage to enhance your oral hygiene when you undergo this teeth whitening process with us. When your teeth are sparkling clean, you will do that little bit extra to keep them that way and this helps to enhance your dental care as well. If you are still not sure about how UV teeth whitening process can benefit you or how long it takes for a single sitting then you should contact our office right away and make an appointment at your earliest convenience....

Gutta Percha: What Is It And When Is It Used

Posted on 5/15/2020 by Crossroads Family Dental
Although a root canal treatment is one of the commonest dental surgeries, many people who undergo that treatment don't know the names of the substances used in it. One of these substances is gutta percha. What is Gutta Percha When a tooth becomes badly damaged or infected, there are only two ways to treat it: extraction or root canal treatment. Root canal treatment is the only way you can save your tooth. The procedure involves cleaning out decay, eliminating the infection, and then filling and sealing the tooth. Gutta percha is the material that is used to fill a tooth once it has been cleaned. Gutta percha is a type of thermoplastic filling that is heated and pressed into the tooth canal. It is then sealed with adhesive cement. The material is obtained from several varieties of Malaysian trees and is used as permanent filling in root canal procedures. The substance was once believed to have side effects, similar to allergies caused by natural rubber latex, since the two have similar composition. However, various research studies and no complaints from patients have proven that this is not the case and gutta percha does not cause allergic reactions. Limitations of Gutta Percha Because of its superior filling and sealing capabilities, the use of gutta percha in root canal treatments is preferred over any other type of material. However, it has a few limitations: [[[DIVSTYLE:margin-left:25px|[[[BulletList:A study show that gutta percha does not bind with canal walls when a quartz fiver post is used during a root canal restoration. Root canals filled with a different substance were a more effective barrier against contamination and more resistant to root fractures. To prevent the need for root canal, you should exercise good oral hygiene and not miss dental appointments at Crossroads Family Dental. However, if your tooth does get an infection, Dr. Kathy Zuccarelli and Dr. Nicholas Berns can take care of it for you. To schedule a visit, call us at (219) 440-2950 today....

Can a Dental Filling Ever Leak?

Posted on 4/25/2020 by Crossroads Family Dental
Fillings are a highly common way to treat a cavity and they can be a number of different materials. From silver amalgam, gold, and composite resin, there are choices you can make based on preference. But, do these fillings ever leak? And if so, does this cause any harm?Why Dental Fillings Can LeakIt may come as a surprise to learn that dental fillings can indeed start to leak. This can be due to poor fitment which inevitably causes the leakage to occur. If the filling isn't snug with the tooth it is being fitted in, it can cause the same symptoms that you would experience with a large cavity such as pain, sensitivity and eventually tooth decay. Also, the overall structure of the tooth will be weakened.What Are The Differences Between The Different Filling Materials?Like we touched on, there are different materials you are able to choose for your filling procedure. Silver amalgam is a great set and forget material that is relatively inexpensive, but contrasts with the color of your teeth. Gold is extremely durable, but as you'd imagine, but it is more expensive. It is also a bit softer than other options. Composite resins are designed to retain the natural look of your teeth because they are color-matched, the downside is that they are not as resilient as silver and gold. Porcelain is designed to custom-fit the tooth with a matching color, this material is stain-resilient and will last longer than even silver amalgam. It is one of the pricier options, however. Whichever you choose will come with their own benefits and is up to the individual to decide what they are looking for and how much they can spend. You should always get your fillings done from a trusted source. If you need fillings done, you can schedule an appointment with us by calling our office....

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What Is UV Teeth Whitening?
Gutta Percha: What Is It And When Is It Used
Can a Dental Filling Ever Leak?
What We All Look at During Dental Exams
Dental Implants Can Provide a Way to Remain Looking Younger
Dangers of Drinking Coffee on Your Teeth
Some Tea Can Improve Gum Disease Treatment Results
Snoring is Not an Ailment as Much as It Is a Symptom
Places Sugar May Hide In Your Diet
How Much Toothpaste Do You Really Need to Use to Clean Your Mouth?
The Battle of the Brushes
Should You Use Toothpicks to Clean Between Your Teeth?
What Not To Eat Following An Extraction
Ways Your Dental Health Affects Your Overall Health
How Can Tap Water Improve Your Dental Health?
Reduce Dental Anxiety Without the Use of Medication
Getting Dental Implants Can Help Improve Your Confidence
Foods to Avoid if You Have a Sore Tooth Until We Can Check It Out
The Importance of Always Having Up to Date Dental Records
Senior Teeth Need Special Care to Keep Healthy
Do You Use the Right Amount of Toothpaste?
Decreasing How Much Sugar You Consume Can Improve Your Oral Health
Important Tips for Right Before a Root Canal
How to Manage the Discomfort That Comes with an Abscess
You Need to Let Us Know if Flossing Starts to Hurt
Why Your Teeth Need You to Drink Water Daily
Foods That Can Freshen Your Breath In a Flash
Even Minor Dental Problems Can Lead to Chronic Tooth Pain
Speaking with Us at Each Appointment Helps You Get the Best Care Possible
How Long Can a Professional Dental Whitening be Expected to Last?
Wisdom Teeth Only Hurt When There is Something in the Way
Why Your Teeth Love Tea So Much
Is There Any Cure for Cavities?
How to Keep Your Teeth Safe When Struggling with the Flu
Why Could Biting Hurt?
Why Composite Fillings Are So Popular
Why Ibuprofen is Best Following Oral Procedures
When Struggling with Morning Sickness, You Must Protect Your Teeth
Which Types of Juice Are Bad for Your Teeth?
When You Get Cavities Between Your Teeth, They Can Do a Lot of Damage
Are Toothpicks Good at Improving Oral Health?
Are There Benefits to Having Xylitol in Your Gum?
Fiber is Great for Improving Oral Health
Facts You Need to Know About Untreated Cavities
Signs You May Have Gum Disease
How Can You Tell if a Filling Comes Loose?
Why You Should Leave Reviews After Coming to Our Office
Why You Need to Time How Long You Brush
Caring for Veneers Means Keeping Up with Oral Hygiene
Maintaining New Fillings is Important
You Need to Come In and See Us Every Six Months Without Fail
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You Need to Come In and See Us Every Six Months Without Fail
You Can Make Brushing More Fun By Swapping Toothpaste Flavors
Why Your Teeth Suffer When You Get Insomnia
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Brushing Immediately After Eating Can Hurt Your Teeth
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