Your healthy, natural teeth are strong, but they aren’t indestructible. If you don’t care for them properly, or if they’re subject to extreme pressure and friction, they can become damaged or infected, no matter how strong they are. The same is true for your lifelike dental crown, which is designed to closely mimic your healthy, natural tooth structure as much as possible. While strong and durable, your dental crown will last longer if you take proper care of it and avoid things that could damage or compromise it. (more…)
The more serious stages of tooth decay can sometimes seem like a much different condition than the more mild cases of cavities that people experience. Both are the result of tooth decay, which is an infection in your tooth’s structure, though mild to moderate cavities can often be treated conservatively with custom tooth fillings. In more advanced cases of decay, however, you could require more involved treatment, such as root canal therapy, to effectively remove the infection from your tooth. (more…)
Being told that you have a cavity isn’t like being told that you need to have a tooth extracted or some other, more invasive procedure. In fact, most common cavities can often be treated with a conservative, tooth-colored filling in just a single day. However, the tooth decay behind your cavity’s development is very serious, and if given time, it can become severe enough to lead to tooth loss, and more. If you have a cavity, then we advise seeking treatment to fill it as soon as possible to avoid its more serious potential consequences. (more…)
At some point in their lives, most people develop the desire to improve their smiles’ appearance. Perhaps one or more teeth have stained, or have chipped edges that impact your entire smile. Sometimes, cosmetic concerns can be even more severe, and can occur at the same time to create an even bigger impact on your smile’s appearance. Fortunately, we offer a wide range of cosmetic solutions at our Ankeny, IA, dental office to address any issue you might have with your smile. To help make your treatment as effective and conservative as possible, we may suggest utilizing custom porcelain veneers to improve all or nearly all of your smile’s appearance at once. (more…)
For most patients, a healthy smile is one of the top dental goals. That means regular checkups and cleanings, attention to detail when brushing at home, and paying attention to changes that could signal an issue. If you have those basics under control, you might be thinking about cosmetic dental concerns that keep you from being truly happy with your smile. Dental patients in Ankeny, IA know that there are minimally-invasive ways to make a big difference in your smile. Bonding and contouring might be the answer for you. (more…)
It is estimated that approximately 178 million Americans are missing at least one tooth, according to the American College of Prosthodontists. This is a cause of embarrassment for some people. However, your smile consists of more than just your visible teeth. It includes their roots that offer support when you bite or chew. Your jawbone is stimulated by these roots, which help with the flow of nutrients to the bone and teeth. If you lose a tooth, though, the root loss can have an adverse effect on your jawbone’s health, and your overall health. Our Ankeny, IA, dental team is here to help with dental implant restoration. By replacing lost teeth roots, we can restore your ability to bite and chew properly and to ensure you have a healthy and strong jawbone and facial structure.
Bruxism, or chronic teeth-grinding, can sometimes be an elusive condition to track. Most of us grind our teeth occasionally, some more than others, but that doesn’t mean they have bruxism or necessarily need treatment to stop. However, if you do have bruxism, you might not always notice how often you grind your teeth. It might occur mostly at night, while you’re sleeping and unable to catch yourself. Fortunately, there are other hints that could warn you your teeth-grinding habit is a problem, such as when the force and pressure start to affect your teeth and oral structures. (more…)
If you’ve only heard of gum disease through commercials for dental hygiene products, or as a hypothetical concern from your dentist, then you might not take it too seriously. Even if you’re told you have it, you might think buying a new brand of mouthwash will make it all okay. However, gum disease is a lot more serious of a condition than you might realize, and having it can lead to significant consequences for your oral health. (more…)
When you’re about to enjoy a holiday feast, what you’d really, really love to do is just relax. Eat the food that’s in front of you. Select whatever you find to be tasty, add it to your plate, and dig in! However, if you’re someone who takes your oral health seriously, who doesn’t like serious problems, and who prefers to prevent those problems (rather than jump right in and cause issues that are wholly avoidable), then we think we can help. Take a quick moment of your day to consider some instances during holiday meals when our Ankeny, IA team suggests you simply stop and ask, “What’s in this?”
There are the foods you know without a single moment of hesitation that you shouldn’t be loading onto your plate because they can lead to problems for your oral health, from the promotion of cavity development to the breakage of your teeth. Then, of course, there’s everything else. You think you know what’s best to pile high in multiple servings for your holiday feast but you want to be sure you’re not accidentally putting your teeth, gums, etc. in the path of harm! Fortunately, when you stick to the standard favorites, you’re usually in good shape! For a quick rundown of items to consume without worry, our Ankeny, IA team is here to help!