Broken Tooth – Now What?
May 22, 2018
Broken tooth usually happens when crunching on an ice cube or a hard candy. Yes, the enamel covering your teeth is the toughest part of the body, but hey, it has its strength limits too. Other situations when a tooth can break is when you fall, or someone punches you in the face. Although discovering a chipped tooth is scary, you should not panic. There are ways your dentist can fix it and make your teeth good as new.
Caring for a Broken Tooth
Seeing your dentist immediately is the best course of action to take during a chipped tooth situation. Failing to do so, can cause further and irreparable damage. While on your way to see your dentist (yes, it may take a long ride), the following practical measures can be done:
- For painful teeth take an OTC pain reliever such as Ibuprofen.
- In cases where the break has sharp or jagged edges, your tongue might be cut or injured. To avoid tongue injuries, get chewing gum or wax and use it to cover the sharp area.
- Never bite down on the broken tooth if you need to eat. Choose soft foods to avoid further damaging it.
Treatments for Chipped tooth
The management of a chipped tooth entirely depends on the severity of the damage. In cases where only a piece of the enamel chipped, one dental visit can usually repair the problem. However, for the severe cases, series of visits are required.
Filling is required for mild cases. When a piece of enamel is damage this is usually done. However, if the affected tooth is in the front and can be noticed whenever you flash a smile, the dentist will most likely perform a bonding procedure.
In severe cases, where large part of the tooth is broken or if the chipped area has decayed a lot, the dentist will file the decayed area and cover the teeth with a crown. This will protect the tooth and make it look good.
Crowns can be made with different kinds of material such as:
Different types of crowns have its advantages. The strongest type of crown is the all-metal crowns. However, those that produce close to real tooth appearance are made with porcelain and resin.
There are cases where a full part of the top tooth was broken off, yet the root is still intact. In this situation, a root canal plus a crown is needed. If this is the case, two dental visits are required. Initially, a dental x-ray will be done to determine if the root is intact and the surrounding bone. If there are no problems seen, the dentist will proceed to removing the remaining portion of the tooth. A numbing solution will be applied to the area to make the experience comfortable. A temporary crown will then be placed.
On the second visit, the dentist will remove the temporary crown placed and assess if the fit is ideal before putting a permanent crown.
Why You Need a Root Canal
May 7, 2018
At the center of our every tooth is a natural cavity. Saving a tooth that has been severely damaged, has been infected, traumatized, injured or has decay usually involves the root canal therapy. This therapy is the process of removing the nerve and the pulp of the tooth where the damage and infection has occurred. After the removal, it is then thoroughly cleaned and sealed.
The Healthy Tooth
A healthy tooth naturally has a natural cavity which is full of healthy nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissues. Inside the teeth’s root canal is the pulp. The pulp carries important structures and elements that are essential in keeping the tooth healthy as it acts as the supplier of moisture to the whole tooth. Moisture keeps the tooth flexible. The pulp also supplies a substantial amount of healthy blood, which delivers elements that naturally repair and restore the tooth from damages and infections.
When Tooth Injury Occurs Root Canal is Necessary
When a tooth suffers injury, the pulp is usually damaged and irritated, creating an infection inside. The infection that occurs then turns into pain and discomfort. There are many ways the pulp gets affected. It can be trauma, tooth decay, or a hard blow to the mouth that reaches the tooth. All of these have a big possibility of damaging the pulp.
Tissue Damage Repair
When the mentioned damages occur, root canal therapy comes into the picture. This therapy repairs the tooth by removing the damaged tissues. First in the whole process is cleaning the cavity. Certain chemicals are then applied to dissolve the organic materials present. Medications are also used to disinfect the area of any bacteria.
After all the cleaning is done and when the root canal is fully disinfected, a canal filler is applied to fill in the gap created by the cleanup. Canal fillers are usually materials called Gutta Tercha. The Gutta Tercha is made up of latex materials that easily fills up the canal and expands to seal it, further preventing any bacteria and any other elements from entering the canal. Once sealed, there is almost no way the it gets infected.
Post Root Canal Therapy
After the completion of a root canal therapy, medical professionals highly recommend to put some protection for the tooth. Because the tooth becomes brittle and can get easily fractured after the lost of pulp tissue that does the natural healing processes, the tooth needs some kind of build-up protectants and crown.
To know if you need a root canal or need to consult a dentist about having one, take note of the following:
- You see abscess in a tooth
- You have painful swelling that affects your whole or any part of your head and face
- Bone loss somewhere in the root of the tooth
- You have hole in the tooth that drains fluid into the skin
When you have infections and pain within a tooth, opting for a root canal can definitely save a tooth. If you have seen or felt any of the abovementioned signs, you need to see a dentist. Having a professional examine your teeth will help you a lot even in cases that you don’t need a major tooth procedure.
Need-to-Know Credit Questions VA Lenders Ask
May 4, 2018
For veterans and active duty service members, the VA guaranteed home loan program offers many advantages. These loans have been designed to put home ownership within the range of all those individuals who are now serving their country or have served in the past.
Although some features of VA guaranteed loans are different than conventional loans, such as not requiring a down payment, other features, such as credit considerations are similar to standard mortgage loans.
Credit Score Considerations
Just like traditional home loans, VA guaranteed loans require applicants to provide information about their credit histories. VA mortgages do not require a minimum credit score, nor is a maximum debt ratio to be considered. Instead, the VA encourages lenders to consider the overall lending profile to make decisions about loans.
Although the VA states no maximum amount for a loan, the amount covered under the guarantee is limited. In most parts of the country, loan amounts up to $417,000 do not require a down payment.
What Is Your Credit Score?
Generally, a credit score above 620 is favorable to you. The credit score that consumers see is not the same one that lenders have available. Under lending criteria, you may have a different score, which may not be as favorable to your loan application.
Lenders also must receive scores from two or three different credit agencies, and their choice of score may put you below the minimum 620 number. If you have questions about your credit score, asking for pre-qualification or pre-approval will help you to determine your likelihood of success in securing a VA guaranteed loan.
Do You Have Any Old Collections or Judgments on Your Record?
The VA Lenders Handbook recognizes that old collections or judgments on an applicant’s record can indicate that the individual may be a poor risk for a loan. However, the size of the unpaid amount may have a bearing on whether the lender will approve a loan.
Generally, lenders have a cap on these debts, and if the amount is above their limit, the loan will be denied. If any of the unpaid debt is to the federal government, the loan will be denied. Setting up a payment plan to manage the debt can often satisfy their requirements for approval of a loan.
Do You Have A Bankruptcy or Foreclosure on Your Record?
A bankruptcy or foreclosure will cause the lender to impose a waiting period after the event before considering your application for a home loan. After a foreclosure or short sale, you will be required to wait 24 to 36 months after the completion of the proceeding.
For a Chapter 7 bankruptcy, the waiting period is 24 to 36 months. For a Chapter 11 bankruptcy, the waiting period is 12 to 36 months. The strength of your overall credit will be considered in the amount of time you are required to wait to get a loan.
Is Your Income Stable?
The lender will require you to prove that your current income is stable and sufficient to cover the loan payments on a regular basis. They will calculate your ability to pay the mortgage amount plus ordinary living expenses.
Some types of income will not be considered in regard to home loans for veterans, such as part-time work you have only done for a short period or alimony payments.
The Pros and Cons of VA Loans
April 21, 2018
The Veteran’s Administration guaranteed home loan program has allowed millions of veterans and active duty service members an affordable way to own their own homes.
The program does not provide home loans for veterans. Instead, it guarantees loans given by private lenders.
A look at the pros and cons of the program can help homebuyers determine if a VA guaranteed loan is right for them.
Pros of VA Home Loans
The VA home loan program is popular because it offers homebuyers a number of advantages:
- Little or no down payment is required – Homebuyers can purchase a home sooner because they do not have to save for the large down payment required by lenders offering conventional loans.
- Competitive interest rates – Because the risk for repayment of the loan is covered by the federal government, lenders can offer lower interest rates.
- The purchase price of the home is assured – A VA appraisal ensures that the home is worth the value of the loan.
- Closing costs are limited – The VA program will pay customary closing cost items, but not additional costs.
- No prepayment penalty – Homeowners who then sell their property do not have to pay a penalty for paying off the loan earlier than its term.
- VA loans are assumable – The homeowners can offer the favorable mortgage terms to a subsequent buyer.
- Forbearance for financial difficulties – If the homeowner has a financial setback and cannot make payments, special terms can be negotiated for them.
- Warranty for VA approved construction – The VA will assist in enforcing the builder’s warranty for justifiable construction complaints.
Cons of VA Home Loans
A home loan through the VA program also has a number of disadvantages that homebuyers should take into account:
- VA home loans are for the purchase of primary residences – These loans cannot be used for purchasing investment property or second homes.
- You must pay a VA loan funding fee – The VA imposes a fee on these loans to fund the program. The fee can be rolled into the loan amount. Veterans who have service-related disabilities are exempt from paying this fee. The funding fee increases each time you use the VA home loan funding program.
- Sellers may not agree to a sale with VA loan – A number of misconceptions regarding VA home loans have contributed to seller reluctance to enter the application process. However, sellers may be required to pay some of the closing costs, and this expense may put off some sellers.
- Loan limits and overlays may apply – The VA home loan program does not impose limits on home loans. However, private lenders may have additional requirements, called overlays, in regard to loan amounts. These requirements help to ensure that the lender maintains its favorable record with the VA.
- VA loans do not guarantee construction defects – Approval of the loan neither guarantees that the property is free of defects, nor can it compel the builder to correct any problems with construction. However, it can suspend the builder from the VA program.
- The VA program does not provide for legal services, if necessary – Any legal action against the builder or previous owner is the responsibility of the buyer.