When is Toothache Not Toothache? 

  • By Dr. Booth
  • 15 Jun, 2016

A toothache is a problem that most of us will experience at some point. A toothache is sometimes referred to as dentalgia, odontalgia or odotongenic pain. It is important to note there are both dental and non-dental causes of toothache. Following is an explanation of the possible causes of toothache.

Dental Toothache Causes

More often than not, toothaches are an indication of a dental problem. Cavities are one of the most common causes of a toothache. A cavity can expose the dentin, which is the substance that is found underneath the enamel. When the dentin is exposed, it becomes more sensitive to cold, heat or any other stimuli. Dental abscess is another condition that can cause a toothache. Abscess develops when the tooth develops an infection. This infection can cause the tissue surrounding the tooth to become swollen and inflamed. Dental abscess should be treated as soon as possible because the infection can spread to other parts of the body, which can be dangerous.

Non-Dental Toothache Causes

While most toothaches are caused by a dental problems, a toothache may sometimes be caused by a non-dental problem. As strange as it may sound, a toothache may be caused by a heart problem. Certain heart problems can cause pain in other parts of the body, such as the jaw and tooth. In many cases, if a person has a toothache that is caused by a heart problem, the pain may worsen with physical exertion. Sinus problems, salivary gland dysfunction and nerve damage are some of the other things that can cause a toothache.

There are several causes of a toothache. The causes are not always dental-related, but you should see a dentist  if you have been experiencing a toothache. If the problem is tooth-related, then your dentist will be able to correct it. You will most likely be referred to another healthcare provider if the problem is not tooth-related.

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By Admin . 19 Apr, 2017

Before each dentist appointment, you may find yourself brushing your teeth even longer, scrubbing your tongue and, even, flossing in a panic to try and hide your poor dental habits from your dentist. When you’re in the dentist’s chair, your dentist may ask you the dreaded question: “How often do you floss?” More often than not, the answer earns you a judgmental look from your dentist. Why, though, is he or she so adamant about your flossing habits? In short, flossing is an easy way to avoid big problems in the future. It’s time to get flossing to cash in on some of the biggest benefits it can offer!

Reducing the Risk of Disease

Believe it or not, no matter how often you brush, your mouth is a breeding ground for the bacteria that form plaque. Brushing alone is inadequate if your goal is to clear out all the bacteria that collects between and at the base of your teeth. This dangerous bacteria breaks down your tooth enamel and makes them more susceptible to cavities, rot and tooth loss. By using dental floss, you can more easily reach those nooks and crannies where bacteria hide before it damages your gums and starts you on the path toward periodontal disease.

Fighting Bad Breath

Those pesky bacteria growing in your mouth can also cause another, more obvious side effect if not removed with floss. As the bacteria feed on the leftover food particles in your mouth, they release an odor that can stick with you. Even if you brush your teeth frequently, you’ll still miss all the bacteria hiding in those hard-to-reach spots, allowing your bad breath to worsen. Flossing nips bad breath in the bud, keeping your mouth minty fresh for longer.

Less Gum Sensitivity

If you’re an out-of-practice flosser, you may be less inclined to floss because of the pain it causes. Whether it’s a general soreness or gum bleeding, the discomfort caused by flossing can turn many people off from the entire practice. However, sensitive gums are a sign that they’re not as healthy as they could be. The more you floss, the less uncomfortable it will become!

Achieve a Deep Clean with Silver Screen Dental

Flossing may be a tough habit to develop, but it will significantly improve your oral health in the long run. If you aren’t sure where to start when reworking your oral routine, Silver Screen Dental is happy to help. To learn more about developing an oral hygiene routine that works for you, contact us online or call 512-345-8800.

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By Admin . 24 Feb, 2017

A Gaming Toothbrush That Makes Brushing Fun for Kids

If you have trouble getting your kids to brush their teeth and understand the importance of maintaining optimal oral health, rest assured you’re not alone. Moms and dads all over the country have been fighting this near-daily “battle in the bathroom” for years now, and have spent countless hours voicing their concerns and frustrations to their dentists in hopes of finding a solution.


Fortunately, this ongoing conversation between dentists and parents eventually led to the development of “smart” toothbrushes that are designed to make brushing more fun and less of a chore for kids all over the world.


Grush has taken the smart toothbrush game to the next level by not only incorporating “smart” technologies that track and provide feedback regarding your son or daughter’s brushing, but fun and interactive games as well. Here’s a closer look at Grush: The Gaming Toothbrush and how it can help end the battle in the bathroom once and for all.


About Grush

Grush is a state-of-the-art toothbrush that uses Bluetooth motion-sensing technology to detect your child’s exact brushing force and movements in real-time to ensure he or she brushes properly. The addition of fun and interactive games helps keep kids motivated to brush and makes sure they have fun while doing it!


After brushing, your son or daughter will be provided with a “Grush Factor” score that evaluates his or her brushing performance, both in terms of technique and consistency. This score is then uploaded to the “Grush Cloud” and available for you, the parent, to track your kids’ brushing habits and provide them with tips for improvement or rewards for a job well done.


About the Grush Games

There are three interactive mobile games – Monster Chase, Toothy Orchestra and Brush-a-Pet – available for download on Android and iOS devices. Each of these games help guide your child through the proper brushing process and ensure they enjoy themselves and look forward to their next brushing adventure.


To learn more or to purchase this gaming toothbrush for your child, visit the Grush website .


Helping Kids in Austin Develop Optimal Oral Hygiene Habits for Life

At Silver Screen Dental, we understand that the key to maintaining optimal oral health for life is establishing a consistent routine at a young age. That’s why our friendly, experienced dental team is dedicated to helping kids of all ages in the greater Austin, Texas area establish optimal oral health habits to last a lifetime. To learn about our comprehensive array of top-quality dental services or to schedule an appointment for your child, contact us online today!

By Admin . 30 Jan, 2017

While most people think of dental implants as a modern-day procedure, the truth is people have been experimenting with implants of various styles and materials for thousands of years. This drive to replace missing or failing teeth with artificial implants is said to have evolved from the desire to help people achieve a beautiful, healthy and fully functional smile.

But who were the first known peoples to utilize dental implants and what materials did they use? Let’s take a look at some brief interesting facts about dental implants through time:1, 2


·       4,000 Years Ago – The Chinese were the first known civilization to experiment with dental implants, which they fashioned by carving tooth-sized pegs out of bamboo.


·       3,000 Years Ago – The remains of ancient Egyptians dating back roughly 3,000 years ago were discovered with pegs similar to the implants used by the Chinese. Instead of using bamboo, the pegs used by the Egyptians were made of copper and other precious metals, and were actually fixed (e.g. hammered) into the individual’s jawbone, making them the first recorded civilization to use implants fixed to the jawbone.


·       2,300 Years Ago – A 2,300-year-old decorative implant was discovered in the mouth of a skeleton buried in a Celtic grave in France. Experts hypothesize this implant – which was held in place using an iron pin – was fitted to enhance the appearance of the individual’s smile after he or she died, seeing as the pain to have it hammered into the jaw while alive would’ve been excruciating beyond words. Similar implants were discovered in the teeth of ancient Romans as well, who used gold pins to hold the implant in place rather than iron.


·       2,000 Years Ago – People living a couple of millenniums ago typically replaced missing teeth in one of two ways: by purchasing teeth from slaves (or the poor), or using animal teeth. Because they came from another human or animal’s mouth, these kinds of replacement teeth were often rejected by the host’s body and/or would become severely infected.


·       1,350 Years Ago – In 1931, the remains of a young Mayan woman (dating back to roughly 630 AD) were discovered, and in her mouth were three missing incisors that had been replaced using pieces of seashell. The most fascinating takeaway from this archeological discovery is that bone growth was seen around two of these three “implants,” indicating the procedure was successful in improving both the aesthetics and functionality of the woman’s teeth/mouth.


·       Present Day – The current, advanced state of dental implants is largely due to the research conducted by Swedish dental expert Dr. Per-Ingvar Brånemark. Through experimentation, he discovered titanium is capable of fusing with human bone (the process known as osseointegration), making it the perfect material for anchoring artificial teeth.


Later in the mid-1960s, Dr. Brånemark performed the very first dental implant procedure using a titanium post on a male patient who had a cleft palate, jaw deformities and zero teeth in his lower jaw. Thanks to these four durable titanium implants, the patient was able to comfortably and efficiently use his dentures all the way up until his death roughly 40 years later.


Greater Austin’s Trusted Source for Dental Implants

If you have any questions about the past or present state of dental implants or you’d like to find out if you’re a good candidate for this procedure, contact Silver Screen Dental to request a free implant consultation today. In addition to answering any and all of your questions regarding dental implants, we also offer the following services:

·      Teeth Cleaning

·      Invisalign

·      Teeth Whitening

·      Dental Veneers/Lumineers

·      Dentures and Partial Dentures

·      Dental Crowns

·      Dental Bridges

·      Cosmetic Bonding/White Filling

·      Tooth Extractions

·      Bone Grafting Ridge Preservation

·      Root Canals

·      Sedation Dentistry

By Admin . 03 Jan, 2017

Fear of the dentist’s office and dental procedures is generally caused by misinformation, dental myths or horror stories based on urban myths. Dental myths are dangerous as they can affect a person’s perception of dentistry, making them delay or entirely avoid dental visits, which ultimately prevents patients from getting the dental care they need. This can lead to the development of severe oral health issues and long-term dental problems that are true horror stories for any patient.

“Tooth” Be Told

The truth of the matter is many dental procedures are typically painless, and the more often you visit a dentist for checkups, the less likely you’ll experience a real dental horror story. Here are some common dental myths that you should disregard.

·         I’m too old for braces – No one is ever too old for braces. Teeth naturally shift over time , and can become misaligned long after your youth and well into your golden years. While metal braces are understandably unappealing, new orthodontic technology exists that can virtually eliminate the aesthetic issues. Invisalign braces are a great, comfortable alternative and can be easily removed and cleaned compared to their metal counterparts. There are also ceramic braces, which are white, and lingual braces, which go behind the teeth instead of on the front of teeth.

·         My teeth don’t hurt, so they must be healthy – Not always. Tooth decay can damage and kill nerves in a tooth, making pain (a common indicator that something is wrong) non-existent. Cavities lurk underneath the surface of a tooth and can’t be easily identified. Only regular checkups with your dentist can determine whether or not you have cavities or if another problem exists, and should never be skipped regardless of how well you feel.

·         My child doesn’t need to go to the dentist until they’re two – Wrong. Children should be taken to the dentist as early as a year old to ensure his or her gums are healthy and that emerging teeth are developing correctly. The earlier a dentist can detect potential problems, the sooner they can be fixed and prevent more complicated issues from emerging later when it can be more difficult to fix. Give your child the gift of a great smile by taking them to the dentist’s office with you as soon as they reach a year old.

·          The more I brush my teeth, the healthier they will be  – Not quite. Overbrushing your teeth can wear down the enamel too much, leading to dental problems. If you find that a twice-a-day brushing regimen is making your teeth sensitive, opt for brushing once a day then use a simple rinse with water or mouthwash, floss, chew sugar-free gum or perform a combination of these. Of course this isn’t a determination you should make on your own. Make sure to consult with your dentist before cutting down the frequency of your brushing.

·          Pregnant women should avoid dental treatments  – This is definitely not true. Routine dental checkups are always recommended, regardless of pregnancy. Dental procedures that involve anesthetics and X-rays are ok but should only be done when absolutely necessary. A qualified dentist is trained in treating pregnant women and will make accurate recommendations regarding dental care.


Keep in mind, there are documented links between overall health and oral health, and the last thing any expectant mother wants to do is jeopardize the health of their baby, especially over something as trivial as avoiding a dental checkup.


·          Removing wisdom teeth prevents crowding  – Not necessarily. Teeth naturally move, grow and shift on their own regardless of the presence of wisdom teeth. Removing these teeth doesn’t solve crowding problems either. Only a visit to the dentist can determine the cause behind crowding teeth, after which a proper solution can be formulated.

Discover the Truth Behind Dental Issues with Silver Screen Dental

Don’t let lies and myths dictate your dental choices. Silver Screen Dental can provide you the care you need with dental checkups and procedures backed by scientific facts and administered by licensed professionals. At Silver Screen we provide a full range of cosmetic dental services, dental implants, tooth extractions, dentures, X-rays and much more, all performed by gentle hands.

Take charge of your dental care so you don’t have to endure the horror stories of people who neglect their oral health due to fear.  Contact Silver Screen Dental today  to get the care you need; we’ll keep you smiling before, during and long after your visit.

By Dr. Booth 25 Oct, 2016

Halloween is upon us, so dress up as your favorite ghoul, goblin, or super hero and have fun! Reduce your candy consumption at the same time with Silver Screen Dental's candy buy back program.
Your kids will love the idea, and you'll be able to ensure they're not eating their own weight in candy the first week of November. Bring your extra sweets to Silver Screen Dental and receive $1 a pound in cashduring our candy "buy back" program.

Halloween should be all about having a good time, and a lecture about how candy is “bad” for your teeth can spoil the fun. Kids understand that candy isn't the best thing for them, so involve them in doing something special for others!  If you have any questions give us a call at 512-345-8800.

Come by our office at
11851 Jollyville Road, Suite 201 any time during normal business hours from Nov. 1st until Nov. 5th.

By Dr. Booth 22 Sep, 2016

It’s no secret there exists a strong link between soda consumption and tooth decay. The “Sip All Day, Get Decay” slogan isn’t just meant to be a catchy tagline – it’s literally the truth!

Sugar in soda combines with bacteria in your mouth to form acid, which attacks the teeth. Diet or “sugar-free” soda contains its own acid, which also can damage teeth. Each attack lasts about 20 minutes, and starts over with every sip of soda you take. 

These effects on your teeth can be extremely damaging. In fact, in the dental community we talk about "Mountain Dew mouth" the same way we talk about "meth mouth” (don’t Google it). In other words, damage from sodas like Mountain Dew can look very similar to damage from drug abuse. Both can produce rampant, deep decay in many or all teeth.

Short of telling you to give up soda completely, the biggest piece of advice we can give you is to do your soda drinking all at once with a meal (versus sipping on soda all day long) and clean your teeth when you’re done . That way the sugar and acid don’t have time to do serious tooth damage before they’re washed away.

By Dr. Booth 15 Jun, 2016

A toothache is a problem that most of us will experience at some point. A toothache is sometimes referred to as dentalgia, odontalgia or odotongenic pain. It is important to note there are both dental and non-dental causes of toothache. Following is an explanation of the possible causes of toothache.

By Dr. Booth 15 Jun, 2016

Tooth decay  happens whenever your tooth enamel (the hard outer part of your teeth) is damaged. This is something that anyone can be inflicted with because plaque (a sticky film of bacteria) is constantly forming on your teeth. Whenever you eat or drink sugary food, the plaque will produce acid that will then attack your  tooth enamel .

Factors That Predispose People to Tooth Decay

There are some very important factors that will predispose someone to tooth decay. Of course, a large part of this does have to do with how well formed your teeth are and whether they have strong enamel. If you have deep crevices, this gives the disease room in which to grow. Also, if your mouth is too acidic (PH should be between 6.2 and 7.4), this can be a problem.

You will also find that there are some things that you have control over, such as:

  1. Proper brushing and flossing are vital. It’s also important to understand that brushing too often can be problematic as well.
  2. You need to eat well because too much soda, candy or citrus fruit can do great harm.
  3. It’s important not to have a really dry mouth, which is typically caused by things such as stress, medication, illness or old age. If your mouth is too dry, you’re more prone to develop tooth decay.

While these things aren’t necessarily listed in the order of importance, they definitely all play an important role in whether or not you’ll actually be predisposed to tooth decay. Hopefully this will provide you with some important information about this oral health disease so that you can take measures to prevent it. If you already have it, then it’s equally as important to seek dental treatment right away for it.

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