Why Dental Crowns Are Still Popular

A dental crown, or cap, can be recommended for a variety of reasons, from restoring a damaged tooth to improving a tooth’s outward appearance. Given their popularity, you may be surprised that crowns have been around for much of dentistry’s history. Having stood the test of time, modern dental crowns are still popular because they offer an effective, long-lasting, and highly realistic solution for a number of different cosmetic concerns. If you have a weakened, damaged, or cosmetically blemished tooth, then you might benefit from a custom crown, too. (more…)

3 Dental Treatments that Help Prevent Cavities

Of all the conditions that can affect your oral health, cavities are the most common. In fact, over 90% of adults will experience a cavity in at least one of their permanent teeth. Though there are several options for treating and restoring a cavity-stricken tooth, the best way to protect your smile is to prevent them from forming in the first place. Along with twice-daily brushing and daily flossing at home, there are also several preventive dental treatments that help you prevent cavities by boosting the strength of your teeth’s protective layers.  (more…)

True or False: A Quiz About Teeth Whitening

For some people, it may happen sooner than for others, but eventually, most people will have to deal with teeth stains at some point in their lives. The good news is that teeth stains are not typically an emergency, and in many cases, it can be reversed with a quick and safe professional teeth whitening treatment! If you’re unhappy with the color your teeth have become, then learn more about teeth whitening and how it can dramatically improve your smile’s appearance with a brief true or false quiz! (more…)

A Brief Look at Wisdom Tooth Trouble

By their early 20’s, most people will have developed, or begun to develop, their third set of molars—commonly known as wisdom teeth. For some patients, the arrival of four extra molars is nothing to worry about. But for many others, it signals the beginning of what could become progressively worse complications with their oral health. A brief look at wisdom teeth and the trouble they cause shows that the extra molars are frequently problematic, becoming impacted by nearby second molars and leading to increasingly worse discomfort. Therefore, the most common course of action is to extract wisdom teeth, either because they’ve become impacted, or before they have a chance to. (more…)

What Biocompatible Dentistry Looks Like

The point of dental treatment is to restore and improve the health or appearance of your teeth. If the materials used in your dental work aren’t biocompatible (interact well with your biological tissues), then the end-result may prove more harmful than beneficial. With a dedication to providing innovative, biocompatible dentistry services to patients of all ages, our Sunnyvale, Ca, dental practice offers a variety of treatments designed to help, not harm, your teeth and oral structures. (more…)

A Quiz About Invisalign® Clear Braces!

Clear braces are an ideal solution for many image-conscious orthodontic patients who wish to discretely straighten crooked teeth. Rather than forcing yourself to accept the inevitability of wearing braces as an adult, Invisalign® clear braces can help you achieve the balance and symmetry of properly-aligned teeth without the potential embarrassment of metal braces. Today, your dentist explains the science of discrete orthodontic treatment by presenting an informative quiz on cosmetic adult braces. (more…)

Why Are My Gums Bleeding?

It might not seem like a big deal, especially if your teeth and gums feel otherwise fine. But bleeding gums are a more serious warning than many people give them credit for. In most cases, it signifies the presence of gingivitis—an infection in your gum tissues caused by excessive oral bacteria buildup. As gingivitis spreads, it causes rampant inflammation in your gums and will eventually mature into full blown gum disease. If your gums are bleeding, then heed the warning and schedule a visit with your dentist to protect your smile and overall oral health. (more…)

Your Dentist’s Advice for Toothaches

During your regular dental checkup and cleaning appointments, you might not always remember all of the questions you have for your dentist. Unless you have a toothache, in which case your first questions may be why you have one and how to relieve it. Because toothaches can be caused by a wide variety of issues, your dentist will first carefully examine your tooth and dental health to determine what’s causing it. Then, your dentist can help you develop a treatment plan and hygiene habits at home to alleviate it. It’s important to follow your dentist’s advice for dealing with your toothache; otherwise, the pain and threat to your dental health will grow worse. (more…)

Is It Too Late for a Tooth Filling?

Most adults will experience a cavity at some point in their lives. The good news is that most of those cases can be effectively treated with a simple tooth filling if they’re caught and addressed in time. For some patients, however, it may be too late for a filling to save the tooth by the time they visit their dentist. If your tooth becomes sensitive or aches due to a cavity, then you only have a limited amount of time before it becomes too extensive for a filling to address. If so, then you may require root canal therapy or tooth extraction to save your smile. (more…)

Why Did I Lose a Tooth?

You generally take excellent care of your smile by brushing and flossing at least twice every day, and by visiting your dentist on a regular basis for preventive checkups and cleanings. So when you lose a tooth, or your dentist tells you that you need to have one extracted, your first question may be why. The answer to that question, though, differs from person to person. Only your dentist can help you find out why you lost a tooth, what you should do next, and how you can prevent it from happening again. (more…)