When Tooth Bonding Might Be a Good Idea

There are several things that can significantly affect your smile’s appearance, but don’t require extensive treatment to correct. In many cases, cosmetic tooth bonding can be the best way to improve a smile without permanently changing your healthy tooth structure. Made from safe, durable, and highly lifelike composite resin, tooth bonding may be able to help address all of your smile’s concerns in a highly effective, but minimally invasive, manner. To find out if tooth bonding is a good idea for your smile, ask your dentist about the procedure’s benefits during your next visit. (more…)

What You Really Should Know About Bruxism

Many people realize what bruxism is, but not everyone realizes when they have it. The condition, which describes constantly grinding your teeth together, can often go unnoticed, especially for patients who grind their teeth at night. Because you might not notice it immediately, bruxism can lead to significant tooth wear and damage by the time you treat it. To help you avoid such complications, we explain a few things that you should know about bruxism and why you should seek treatment as soon as possible if you have it. (more…)

Why Extracting Wisdom Teeth Is Important

Losing teeth isn’t ideal, and most of modern dentistry focuses on helping you avoid it. However, sometimes tooth extraction is a necessary step in preserving your smile, and that is most often the case when it comes to impacted wisdom teeth. Known as third molars, wisdom teeth are the last four molars to develop. Yet, for many patients, there is little room left along their dental ridges to accommodate the extra molars, causing wisdom teeth to become impacted and require extraction. (more…)

Taking Care of a Dental Implant

Caring for your smile is something that you’ll have to do for life. If you lose one or more teeth, then the quality of that care will be especially important for preserving the rest of your oral health. With dental implants, restoring your smile after tooth loss is a much more successful and comprehensive process. However, benefiting from dental implants means properly caring for them to ensure that they remain healthy, vital parts of your oral health. Fortunately, dental implants are made specifically to mimic your natural teeth, and therefore, caring for dental implants is typically just as simple as caring for the rest of your smile. (more…)

The Right Time to Consider Teeth-Whitening

As an important part of keeping your smile consistently healthy and free of disease, most people know that they should attend checkup and cleaning appointments on a regular basis. However, you might not realize that occasionally brightening your smile might also be necessary to keep up your smile’s healthy appearance. Teeth stains are common and can develop naturally, even when you keep your teeth clean and healthy. Fortunately, erasing them is usually simple and convenient with professional teeth-whitening treatment. During your next visit, ask your dentist if you should consider teeth-whitening to improve your smile’s appearance. (more…)

Preventing Cavities in Children of All Ages

Children’s dentistry isn’t just about treating kids’ teeth, but about giving them the tools they need to take care of their smiles for life. For instance, during regular checkups and cleanings, we help teach kids the importance of good hygiene and how to practice it as well as perform examinations and dental cleanings. However, because children aren’t always as effective at sticking to a hygiene routine as adults are, they can often benefit from a few additional preventive measures, especially those aimed at preventing cavity development. (more…)

What You Should Know About Root Canal Treatment

Root canal treatment is often referred to as just a root canal, but technically, the root canal is the part of your tooth that the procedure is designed to treat. Your tooth’s root extends into your jawbone, where it rests comfortably and securely within its very own socket. The root itself stabilizes your tooth when you bite and chew. The canal inside of it allows your jawbone to send essential minerals and nutrients to your tooth’s nerves and blood vessels, located in the tooth’s pulp chamber. When tooth decay (an infection caused by oral bacteria) reaches the pulp, the tissues inside and throughout your root’s canal can quickly become infected. Root canal treatment (RCT) is the process of saving the tooth by removing the internal infection and restoring what remains of your healthy tooth structure.   (more…)

Reducing Your Risks of Tooth Loss with Dental Care

Tooth loss isn’t a guaranteed part of aging, but it’s common enough to affect most adults to some degree. Fortunately, you can reduce your risks of tooth loss by preventing or treating the conditions that often cause it. The caveat is that there are many different potential causes of tooth loss, and aside from accidental trauma or congenital alignment issues, most of those causes are also highly preventable and/or treatable with professional dental care.   (more…)

What Is a Partial Crown?

When your tooth is cracked or fractured, a dental crown is often the best way to treat it. The tooth won’t heal, exactly, but the crown (or cap) can hold the tooth together and take the brunt of your bite pressure so that the tooth doesn’t become even more damaged. Sometimes, though, a tooth’s damage isn’t severe enough to require a complete dental crown. It may also be too much for tooth bonding to fix. In such cases, your dentist may recommend a partial crown, also known as an inlay or onlay, depending on its exact design. (more…)

Do You Have Gingivitis?

Gingivitis—the precursor to more serious gum disease—isn’t an obscure dental condition. In fact, most patients recognize the term and at least some degree of the danger that it can pose to their oral health. However, not everyone realizes that gingivitis is the only reversible stage of gum disease, and that they only have a limited time to avoid the need for lifelong periodontal maintenance before gum disease fully sets in. If you believe you have gingivitis, then you should visit your dentist as soon as possible, before it’s too late. (more…)