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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.