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!
No, we’re not talking about cultivating a green-hued smile. Today, our Ankeny, IA team is, however, shining a spotlight on some easy ways you can push your approach to protecting your oral health into something that feels more in line with your sustainable lifestyle. Of course, when you’re using dental care products that need to be replaced and that are carefully packed to ensure easy sanitary use, it means some amount of stuff that needs to be disposed of, it means you’re using water, and you’re thinking: How can I do a bit better? Fortunately, a bit of easy advice makes a strong, beneficial impact!
There are lots of ways you can look at the impending New Year, a lot of ideas you might have for resolutions, and even more considerations as your chance at a clean slate and following through on promises impacts your smile! With that said, our Ankeny, IA team likes to remind you to remember some often-overlooked issues that could really use a slot on that ever-important to-do list that shows up and is met with enthusiasm, the second the ball drops and we yell out, “Happy New Year!” Today: It’s time to discuss why bruxism treatment should be a promise you make for 2020!
When you hear the term gingivitis, it may immediately send a chill down your spine. You wonder, if you develop this first stage of gum disease, what’s it mean for you? Will you know that it’s happening (you’ve heard that sometimes you won’t even notice it)? Is there a way to quickly handle it or is this one of those things that will just clear up on its own? In short: Our Ankeny, IA team is letting you know that gum concerns require immediate action. Fortunately, you can stop gingivitis in its tracks when you’re aware of the easy steps to take!