Ways to Deal with Tooth Loss Effectively

These days, tooth loss is a problem for many patients, but it isn’t as much of one as it used to be. For instance, with a custom bridge or denture (or an appropriate number of dental implants), most patients can rebuild their smiles with enough realism to forget that they’ve lost teeth. With advanced dental techniques and materials, patients can also address most dental issues that lead to tooth loss before they become that serious. Today, we take a look at the most common ways to deal with tooth loss, either by replacing your lost teeth or preventing it from happening in the first place. (more…)

How Fluoride Boosts Children’s Dental Health

Fluoride is highly recognizable as an essential part of modern children’s and preventive dental health care. That’s because the fluoride offers several unique benefits to strengthening children’s developing teeth and adults’ already formed teeth, allowing for better protection against harmful oral bacteria. When your child visits the dentist, the dentist will carefully examine the health and integrity of the tooth enamel to determine if fluoride treatment can boost your child’s dental health and chances of avoiding cavities. (more…)

Got a Chipped Tooth? Here’s Why You Should Fix It

When your tooth is fractured or broken, the fact that it needs to be fixed is usually obvious. Besides the damage to your tooth, the increasing pain or sensitivity can make it a priority that you have it restored as soon as possible. Yet, if your tooth just has a minor chip on its edge or chewing surface, then the damage might not be immediately noticeable, or it may seem like no big deal even if you do notice it. Nevertheless, ignoring the chipped tooth will only increase its risks of becoming even more substantially damaged. (more…)

What Everyone Should Know About Modern Fillings

Most people experience a cavity at least once in their life, and but fortunately, they can usually avoid serious tooth infection by treating their cavities with custom tooth fillings. Made to fill the cavity of a tooth after the decay has been removed from it, a filling helps simultaneously restore the tooth’s structure while also protecting it from further infection. Today, we take a look at modern tooth fillings and how they can successfully treat cavities better than the tooth fillings of the past. (more…)

When Is a Partial Crown Appropriate?

When a tooth becomes damaged or its structure is compromised in some way, a dental crown can often be the best way to restore its health and integrity. However, to place a crown, your dentist has to first prepare the tooth to receive it, which means sculpting the tooth’s structure until it can accommodate the crown. Fortunately, these days, modern dental crowns don’t always have to cover the entire tooth. With a partial crown instead of a full one, you can restore a damaged tooth’s compromised structure without having to modify most of its structure. (more…)

The Benefits of Digital X-Rays

During every routine checkup and cleaning appointment you attend, your dentist will thoroughly inspect your teeth, gums, and oral tissues for signs that something may need further attention. During this exam, your dentist may also take a series of X-rays to ensure your dental records are up to date, or to provide an accurate diagnosis for a suspected dental health issue. With digital radiography, your X-rays can be captured in a much faster and more convenient manner, and the highly detailed images are displayed on a digital monitor that you can view alongside your dentist.   (more…)

Why Some Cavities Require Root Canal Therapy

To most people, a cavity is the reason why they need a tooth filling. In fact, fillings are the most frequently-performed treatment for mild to moderate cavities, which affect almost everyone at some point in their lives. Sometimes, however, a cavity is more than a filling can address, and saving the infected tooth requires something more effective. Root canal therapy is the process of removing extensive infection from inside of a tooth’s main structure and the pulp that holds its soft tissues. For extensive cavities and tooth decay, root canal therapy is often required to save the tooth from extraction. (more…)

What to Worry About When Your Tooth Cracks

In most cases, the discomfort from a cracked tooth is the most immediate concern. Depending on the level of discomfort, you may not be able to go about your daily business. However, the pain is only a warning sign; the biggest worry about cracked teeth is what the damage can do to them and the rest of your oral health. When restoring your tooth, your dentist will ensure that the risks the damage poses to your smile are fully addressed so you can enjoy a healthy, fully functional smile again. (more…)

Smile Troubles? Why Veneers Might Be the Best Answer

The good thing about most cosmetic dental treatments is that improving your smile’s appearance often has positive benefits for your overall oral health. For instance, fixing a chipped tooth makes it look healthier and also improves the balance of your bite. With porcelain veneers, those benefits are amplified by the fact that the small, lifelike shells of dental porcelain can be used to correct a wide variety of cosmetic and functional issues. (more…)

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…)