Are You Considering Porcelain Veneers? Here’s Why You Should

The obvious point of cosmetic dental treatment is to improve your smile’s appearance, but preserving your healthy, natural tooth structure is an equally important goal. While cosmetic treatment focuses on esthetics, your dentist knows that your smile looks its best when its natural beauty shines through. With porcelain veneers, your dentist can easily achieve both goals of smile improvement and smile preservation, and complete your treatment with just a single procedure. If you haven’t considered porcelain veneers for your smile makeover, then here are three important reasons why you should. (more…)

Is There a Difference Between Cavities and Tooth Decay?

Tooth decay and cavities are often used synonymously, but the truth is that they describe two sides of the same coin. Tooth decay is a progressive condition that is largely caused by inadequate hygiene and dental care, and that leads to the formation of cavities in your teeth. Tooth decay affects over 90% of adults in the United States today. Therefore, to protect your smile from it, it’s important to know the difference between tooth decay and cavities, and how to prevent or treat them. (more…)

Should I Be Worried About Root Canal Treatment?

Dealing with a severe toothache is difficult. In fact, a large percentage of people have had to take time off of work or school at least once in their lives because of dental pain. Yet, when people find out that their pain can be alleviated with root canal treatment, some people may hesitate. As one of the most commonly maligned dental treatments, patients often worry about root canal treatment, especially if they’ve never received it. The truth, though, is that the procedure is much simpler than you might realize, and it may be your best option for relieving discomfort and saving your compromised tooth. (more…)

How to Temporarily Relieve TMJ Pain

The thing about jaw dysfunctions is that they might hurt a lot, or they might just be slightly (but constantly) annoying. They might cause your jaw to click and pop when you open and close your mouth, or they might not. Regardless, issues like TMJ disorders can cause serious degradation in your jaw’s joints, and if not addressed, the discomfort can grow increasingly worse. The only way to find lasting relief from a TMJ disorder is to seek a professional assessment and treatment at your dentist’s office. However, you can help take the edge off of the discomfort until your appointment with a few of our tips to relieve jaw pain. (more…)

Have a Dental Emergency? We Can Help!

With consistently good dental hygiene and preventive dental care, most people can avoid common dental issues that could otherwise become serious. Even progressive issues like tooth decay and gum disease can be largely prevented or mitigated. However, there are times when prevention and good hygiene cannot prevent an emergency, such as sudden pain or structural damage to one or more teeth. If you have a dental emergency, then call our office immediately to schedule a visit and receive the care you need as soon as possible. (more…)

What is a Biocompatible Dental Implant?

When you lose one or more teeth to dental disease or accidental damage, the rest of your oral health can depend on what you do next. If you ignore tooth loss, then the subsequent consequences (such as shifting teeth and greater risks of dental disease) will grow exponentially worse. If you replace your lost teeth, however, then you can not only rebuild your smile’s appearance, but also improve the state of your oral health in the long run. The good thing about dental implants is that, as the only option for replacing lost teeth roots, they’re the most comprehensive and lifelike tooth replacement solution today.   (more…)

Why Grinding Your Teeth Is a Problem

When you’re angry, stressed, in pain, or otherwise upset, clenching your teeth is a natural reaction. The stress causes tension in your jaw muscles, which can temporarily force your teeth together. However, when you grind and clench your teeth consistently, even when you’re calm or sleeping, then you may suffer from bruxism—or chronic nighttime teeth-grinding. If so, then teeth-grinding is a serious problem that can have drastic consequences for your oral health, and you should seek help from your dentist as soon as possible. (more…)

Important Facts About Crooked Teeth

Despite how common the condition is, there are many misconceptions about malocclusion (the state of crooked teeth) and its effects on patients’ smiles and quality of life. The truth is, crooked teeth can affect nearly anyone, and understanding your options may help you save more than just your smile’s outward appearance. Some of the more important facts about crooked teeth involve how they develop and how to treat them, and many patients are pleased to learn that straightening their teeth may not even require braces! (more…)

Why Plaque is a Threat to Your Oral Health

Though most people are familiar with the terms “plaque and tartar,” not everyone realizes why their dentist is so adamant about keeping them under control. Even if you know that you should brush and floss your teeth every day, you might not realize the consequences of skipping a routine once in a while. The truth is that, though a seemingly minor issue, plaque is one of the biggest and most consistent threats to your oral health. When not properly controlled, it can lead to serious dental problems and the need for extensive dental treatment. (more…)

How Gum Disease Forms, and How to Treat It

Gum disease is one of the most common chronic dental health issues, and it’s the most common cause of adult tooth loss in America. Yet, the problem with gum disease isn’t that it’s difficult to treat; on the contrary, timely dental treatment has helped many patients prevent or control their gum disease before significant damage occurs. The problem is that many patients don’t realize that they have the disease until it’s too late, when the damage to your gums and periodontal tissues becomes obvious. By knowing how gum disease forms and the best way to treat it, you can save your smile from tooth loss and other complications that could arise from the presence of gum disease. (more…)