When Bruxism Threatens Your Teeth

One of the biggest problems with bruxism (chronic teeth-grinding) is that patients don’t always realize when they have it. Unlike some oral health concerns, like cavities or gum disease, some of the symptoms of bruxism don’t really become noticeable until they become severe. That includes significant damage to your tooth structure, as well as several other problems that may depend on the specific cause of your bruxism. Today, we examine just how bruxism threatens your teeth and oral health, and a few of the signs that can warn you to seek treatment before it causes any more harm. (more…)

Things You Need to Remember if You Have Gum Disease

Some of the more serious consequences of gum disease aren’t always immediately noticeable until the disease has already grown severe. For instance, it’s the leading cause of adult tooth loss when it’s allowed to grow severe, but until then, the symptoms of gum disease might go largely unnoticed if you aren’t diligent about your oral health care. The good news is that detecting and treating gum disease early can help you avoid losing teeth to it, as well as experiencing the many other negative consequences it can have on your oral health. (more…)

What You Learn During a Dental Checkup Appointment

When you visit your dentist regularly for routine checkup and cleaning appointments, is a great chance for your dentist to learn as much as possible about the current state of your dental health. It’s also an excellent opportunity for you to learn more about it yourself, like if there’s more you should be doing to help keep your smile consistently healthy. Today, we examine a few important things you learn during your dental checkup, and why that knowledge is vital to keeping your smile consistently healthy. (more…)

Why Good Hygiene Is the Basis of Good Dental Health

Most people know, at least to some degree, that good dental hygiene is important. We’ve been taught that most of our lives, and for a majority of us, we’ve experienced the consequences of not keeping up with good hygiene by needing treatment for a dental health concern (like a cavity). However, despite knowing it intellectually, it’s often easy to forget just how intrinsic a good hygiene routine is to the concept of good dental health in general. That can make it easy to prioritize good hygiene less than we should, and as a result, experience issues like cavities more often than need be. (more…)

Replacing Lost Teeth with Dental Implants

You have a lot of choices when it comes to addressing most dental health issues. For instance, if you want to improve your smile’s appearance or restore a tooth that’s been damaged, we can customize one of several different cosmetic or restorative treatments to address it. When you experience tooth loss and need to rebuild your smile, however, your options are a little more limited. Your main choices are between a dental bridge or denture, depending on the extent of your tooth loss. However, most patients who lose teeth also have the option of supporting their prosthesis on one or more dental implant posts, which are designed to replace the roots of their lost teeth. (more…)

Your Choices for Restoring Your Smile After Tooth Loss

For most dental health concerns, there are several different options for treating them. The best choice usually depends on things like the extent of your condition and your own personal preferences for your smile and oral health. Because everyone’s needs and preferences are different, offering choices helps ensure that everyone receives the optimal, highly personalized care they need. The same is true when it comes to replacing your lost teeth. Though your options may be more limited, you still have a choice in how you rebuild your smile, and in just how lifelike your dental prosthesis can be. (more…)

When You Can’t Fix a Tooth, Extract It

Restoring teeth is an important and common part of professional dental care, and for many people, it’s a lifeline to helping them avoid tooth loss. However, some compromised teeth may be too far gone to fix, and the longer they remain, the bigger the threat might be to the rest of your oral health. Fortunately, you still have a solution to saving your smile. When a tooth can’t be fixed, we may recommend extracting the tooth and replacing in order to restore your bite’s function and your smile’s healthy, attractive appearance. (more…)

Tips to Make Your Dental Crown Last Longer

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 Important Facts About Root Canal Therapy

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…)

Have a Cavity? Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Wait to Fill It

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…)