How to Relax with Dental Sedation

For most patients, the greatest challenge to receiving the dental care they need is finding time in their schedules to make an appointment. For many, however, the greater challenge is finding a way to relax enough to not fear visiting the dentist. Dental phobia affects millions of patients across the country, and it often prevents them from seeking the routine care they need to preserve their good oral health. Fortunately, fearful patients can relax with the right level of dental sedation, which relieves anxiety to make visiting the dentist a much less stressful experience. (more…)

Is It Possible to Prevent Toothaches?

As one of the most common symptoms of dental health trouble, a toothache can mean a wide variety of things. Usually, however, it indicates a risk to your teeth or an already developing dental issue that could have been prevented. For example, with the exception of dental emergencies, most toothaches stem from weakened tooth enamel or early tooth decay development, both of which can be avoided by keeping your teeth consistently clean. Today, we examine a couple of other causes of toothaches, and how to keep your teeth strong enough to prevent most of those causes. (more…)

How Dental Implants Compare to Bridges

Losing a tooth might not seem like a big deal in the grand scheme of things, but the truth is the loss can have a dramatic impact on your bite’s function. It can also increase your risks of losing more teeth, and therefore, experiencing increasingly worse dental health. Traditionally, dental bridges have been the most effective way to replace a missing tooth and restore your bite’s function. However, with a dental implant-supported restoration, you can also restore the functions of your lost tooth’s root, which are vital to keeping your jawbone healthy and avoiding many of the consequences of tooth loss. (more…)

What Invisalign® Treatment Is Like

Malocclusion, or tooth misalignment, can occur in patients of all ages and to varying degrees of severity. In some cases, severely crooked teeth need the comprehensive orthodontic correction that can only be achieved with bracket-and-wire braces. For many other patients, however, straightening crooked teeth can be much simpler and more convenient than wearing metal braces. In fact, with Invisalign® clear aligners, undergoing orthodontic treatment isn’t like what most patients expect, considering the fact that they don’t involve brackets, wires, or the special considerations that often come with wearing braces. (more…)

How Gingivitis Forms, and Why Early Treatment Matters

Gingivitis (early gum disease) is one of the most common threats to good oral health. In fact, severe gum disease is the most frequent cause behind permanent adult tooth loss, and it all starts with gingivitis. The problem with gum disease is that once it fully develops, it can’t be reversed. Therefore, keeping your smile healthy and avoiding tooth loss will require a lifetime of consistent periodontal maintenance. Today, we explain how gingivitis forms, and why treating it early with scaling and root planing could determine the future of your smile and oral health. (more…)

Are Dental Implants My Best Tooth Replacement Option?

The good thing about dental implants is that, for patients who qualify, the implant posts reestablish several vital functions that keep your jawbone and oral structures healthy for life. For instance, implant posts replace your teeth roots and stimulate your jawbone every time you bite and chew, promoting a healthy flow of nutrients to your jawbone and the rest of your teeth. To find out if implants are your best option, your dentist will carefully examine your teeth, gums, and oral tissues to make sure that their healthy enough to support them. (more…)

2 of the Most Important Aspects of Dental Crowns

Dental crowns are popular for several reasons, including the fact that they’ve been around for centuries. More importantly, though, is their unique versatility—dental crowns are made to completely cap teeth, which allows them to address a variety of different dental health issues. Often made from highly lifelike material, such as porcelain, crowns can even serve as effective cosmetic enhancements for teeth that exhibit severe or numerous blemishes. Because they can serve such a wide variety of functions, dental crowns play an important role in the continued good oral health of patients with many types of dental health concerns. (more…)

When It’s Time to Think About Gum Contouring

Your teeth don’t have to be blemished for your smile’s appearance to seem less than perfect. If you have a gummy smile, for instance, then the issue lies in the shape and symmetry of your gum tissues, not your teeth. Fortunately, cosmetic dentistry focuses on all aspects of your smile’s appearance, and to address a gummy smile, your dentist might suggest minimally invasive gum contouring. By gently and artistically reshaping your gum line, you can create a more visibly appealing and evenly laid out frame around your smile. (more…)

Should You Ask Questions During Your Checkup?

Your dentist expects you to keep up with good hygiene at home and your recommended schedule of checkup and cleaning appointments. However, your dentist doesn’t expect you to know everything there is to know about your dental health. During your routine dental visits, asking questions can be important to filling in the gaps in your dental health knowledge. Today, we take a look at a few common questions patients ask during their checkups, and how the answer to them can help improve your long-term dental health. (more…)

The Best Ways to Prevent Tooth Loss

It’s true that most of your dental health care focuses on prevention. However, successfully preventing dental health issues is an ongoing process, and you may still be faced with serious oral health concerns at some point in your life. For instance, a majority of people have lost one or more teeth, or will, despite keeping a usually consistent schedule of good hygiene and preventive dental care. In the case of tooth loss, you can significantly improve your chances of lifelong prevention by understanding the common causes behind it. Even if you do happen to lose a tooth, you can still prevent yourself from losing more teeth by protecting your smile better. (more…)