In the world of dental materials, excellence is measured in how well the material interacts with your teeth as well as how lifelike it looks compared to the rest of your smile. Tooth-colored composite resin—a biocompatible mixture of acrylic and quart-like particles—excels in both areas, and is often utilized for a variety of procedures. Whether you need a cosmetic touchup or a restoration that minimizes alterations to your teeth, ask your dentist if using composite resin is the best solution.
When it comes to treating a cavity (a hole in your tooth caused by tooth decay), you have several things to consider. Because tooth decay is progressive, your treatment must stop it from spreading; because the cavity weakens and exposes your tooth, your treatment must also strengthen and protect it. The good news is that tooth-colored fillings can achieve both objectives comfortably and effectively, all while blending in discreetly with your natural tooth structure. In fact, appearance and function are two of the most important benefits of tooth-colored fillings, compared to their metal alternatives.
A chipped tooth can seem endearing, in some cases, or it may make your entire smile seem incomplete. In any case, the damage to your tooth structure won’t heal itself, and will in fact grow worse the longer it’s left untreated. The good news is that your dentist offers a number of different options for fixing your chipped tooth, each designed according to the extent of your tooth’s damage. If your tooth is chipped or cracked, then schedule a visit with your dentist as soon as possible to save your smile from more serious tooth trauma.
Even if your smile is the most beautiful one in the room, chronic bad breath (halitosis) can hinder your confidence. If you’re aware of it, then you might limit conversations with others and keep a more-than-respectable distance trying to avoid embarrassment. The good news is that bad breath always has a reason, and therefore, a solution. If you can’t get rid of your halitosis by improving your hygiene at home, then schedule a visit with your dentist to find how to finally alleviate it.
At any moment, hundreds of types of oral bacteria live in your mouth, metabolizing nutrients and forming plaque to cling to your teeth. Therefore, part of a good hygiene routine is being careful with what you eat and how often to limit the damage that harmful bacteria can cause. With all of the warnings about sugars, carbs, and acidic substances, you might wonder if there is anything you can eat that’s actually good for your oral health. Fortunately, not all food is bad for your teeth. In fact, your teeth need certain nutrients to stay strong and healthy, and making sure you get enough of them is vital to ensuring your smile’s health in the long-run.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.