When you think of dental pain, you probably think first of toothaches or sore gums. But for many patients, it also includes symptoms that are less obviously tied to dental health, like chronic headaches. For instance, when you have TMJ disorder—a dysfunction that makes jaw movement difficult and painful—headaches and migraines can be a nearly every day occurrence. To find out if your headaches are TMJ headaches, your dentist can examine your jaw health and alignment during your next visit, then recommend an appropriate course of treatment to alleviate them.
Patients who receive porcelain veneers are often amazed at the lifelike results and the ease with which veneers can achieve them. Made from custom-designed dental porcelain and hand-crafted to the unique specifications of your teeth, porcelain veneers can do more for your smile in less time than most other cosmetic procedures. If you want to completely revamp your smile but don’t want to take a lot of time out of your schedule to do it, then porcelain veneers may be the answer!
Most people know that they should schedule a dental cleaning and checkup at least once every six months. But not everyone sticks to that schedule consistently, which is a major reason why dental issues like cavities and gingivitis are so prevalent. Since your dentist and hygienist are the only ones who can clean harmful tartar from your teeth and gum line, dental cleanings are important to an effective hygiene routine. If you have questions about your dental cleaning, or how to keep your smile healthy between visits, then we’ll be happy to answer them during your next visit!
Do you notice a small amount of red mixed in with your toothpaste and saliva when you brush and floss your teeth? Do your gums seem to be pulling away slightly from your teeth? It may not always seem like a big cause for concern, but these and other seemingly minor signs can actually warn of something more serious—gingivitis. Marked by increasing inflammation in your gum tissues, gingivitis is the beginning stage of gum disease. If ignored, then the disease can place your smile and oral health at significant risk.
In the art of replacing lost teeth, dental implants create masterpieces by establishing a strong, lifelike foundation for your new smile. Implants are comprised of three parts: one or more root-like implant posts, connective abutments, and a realistic prosthesis (i.e., a dental crown, bridge, or denture). The implant posts offer a number of benefits for your smile and your long-term oral health by doing what conventional prostheses can’t—replacing the roots of your lost teeth.
Today’s options for replacing lost teeth are more realistic than ever, and as such, they can do more for rebuilding your smile than just revitalizing its appearance. For instance, advanced imaging technology ensures that your dental bridge or denture closely matches the natural contours of your smile for optimal function. When you bite and chew, your dental prosthetic will feel as comfortable and sturdy as natural teeth. In the case of modern dentures, you can even choose between full or partial models, depending on how many teeth you’ve lost and how many healthy teeth remain.
Despite the fact that it’s a commonly recommended and performed restorative procedure, many patients have misgivings when told that they need root canal treatment. When these misgivings cause patients to hesitate or neglect treatment, the consequences can be dire, growing worse the longer the patient waits. To help you avoid more severe complications with your dental health, we can help alleviate your anxiety by answering a few important questions about root canals that you might not have thought to ask.
The goal of consistently good dental hygiene and care is to preserve your smile, and in most cases, that means keeping your natural teeth strong, healthy, and intact. However, under certain circumstances, the best way to help you protect your smile is to extract a tooth that has become problematic, or that is beyond saving with restorative treatment. The loss of a tooth is not usually ideal, but when necessary, tooth extraction’s effect on your oral health is preferable to the consequences of keeping the tooth in place.
Everyone has bad breath once in a while, like in the morning when they first wake up. For some people, morning breath is more potent than for others, but in most cases, the smell goes away after a healthy breakfast and few minutes of brushing and flossing at the sink. For others, however, bad breath doesn’t go away—a condition known as halitosis. The difference between bad breath and halitosis is that halitosis is chronic, can indicate a serious underlying dental issue, and will not go away until your dentist treats the reason behind it.
Wisdom teeth aren’t like your other teeth. As the last set of molars (or third molars) to develop and erupt, wisdom teeth are often problematic due to their tendency to become impacted by your second molars. This impaction can lead to a host of subsequent dental issues, like severe toothaches and traumatic injury to one or more of your teeth. If your wisdom teeth are giving you trouble, then it’s time to have them extracted. If you’re not sure if your wisdom teeth are problematic, then beware of other signs that might help warn you of danger.