Teeth-whitening is a popular cosmetic dental treatment these days, but like any dental treatment, it’s important to know that it’s the right solution before you subject your teeth to it. For many reasons, this isn’t possible if you choose to whiten your smile with an over-the-counter (OTC) product rather than visiting your dentist. Today, we examine a few reasons why, and how we can still brighten your smile even if teeth-whitening isn’t the right solution. (more…)
Unless you’ve heard of bruxism before, you might not think that grinding your teeth together is something to worry about. It happens to everyone to some degree, and if your teeth don’t hurt, then why bother? However, grinding your teeth constantly can be a symptom of a chronic oral health condition known as bruxism, and without proper treatment, it can lead to a host of severe troubles for your smile. At our Silver City, NM, dental office, we can help you determine if your teeth-grinding habit is a sign of bruxism, and if you can benefit from customized treatment to help you address it. (more…)
The concept of keeping your smile clean and, therefore, healthy is a common one. So common, in fact, that we can often overlook its importance without realizing it. In many cases, that oversight can lead to heightened risks of several potentially disastrous oral health conditions, including gum disease (the leading cause of tooth loss). At our Silver City, NM, dental office, we can help you spot the signs of gum disease early and address it with customized treatment, such as periodontal cleaning, also known as scaling and root planing. (more…)
Goodbye 2019 and hello 2020! As you ring in the new year, don’t think that last year’s preventive dental treatments will last forever. Checkups and cleanings need to be scheduled regularly (about every six months is ideal) to maintain your oral health. Twice daily brushing, and flossing at least once a day will also help maintain teeth and gums in tip-top condition. We have heard a lot of reasons why people sometimes slack off, but tooth decay doesn’t take time off, so don’t fall for these excuses. (more…)
Maybe you wake up with headaches in the morning. Or, maybe you have jaw pain or ringing ears. If so, you may be suffering from bruxism, a subconscious grinding of the teeth or clenching of the jaw that is often done while sleeping. Because of this, people are sometimes unaware that they are grinding or clenching their teeth. Excessive bruxism can lead to a host of oral health problems, such as tooth decay, crown damage, and the loosening of teeth. Although this is something you are unable to control, our Silver City, NM, dental team can help you with a personalized bruxism treatment plan that will help alleviate the pain and set you on a path for good oral health.
The specific type of dental treatment you receive depends on several factors, but most importantly, the specific concern you have with your oral health. For example, restorative dentistry is the art of restoring your smile by addressing problems with your tooth structure that could greatly impact your oral health, bite function, and more. Depending on your unique dental health needs and preferences, we can custom-design an appropriate restoration to fix any damage to your tooth and save your smile from experiencing even more serious complications. (more…)
Given how obvious your smile is to everyone else, it makes sense that you would want it to always look its best. Unfortunately, things can affect your smile’s appearance that you can’t always plan for or prevent, and the desire to improve its appearance is the main reason why cosmetic dentistry is so popular. However, while improving how your smile looks, your dentist will also aim to minimize any changes to your teeth and the extent of treatment required to achieve your goal. For many patients, that makes porcelain veneers the ideal choice for addressing their unique smile concerns. (more…)
Ready to close out the year with a smile that looks absolutely lovely, so the new year doesn’t include any smile-related regrets in terms of your appearance? We understand! When you find that adding a little more tissue or a bit of camouflaging would solve your dilemma, it’s time to take dental bonding with our Silver City, NM team into serious consideration! Learn more!
Do you have what you generally refer to as a sensitive smile and it’s just part of who you are (as verified by our Silver City, NM team)? Or, is this dental sensitivity a new thing for you and you’re starting to realize it’s probably something that requires your (immediate) attention because it definitely doesn’t feel good? Keep in mind that, like with anything else associated with your oral health and the ways your smile feels, we are absolutely full of the advice, the dental care, and the guidance you need! First up? Consider giving your smile some very beneficial smile gifts this year, so you can simultaneously celebrate and calm those smile nerves!
You are certainly correct if you’re thinking to yourself, “My gums don’t talk to me or make noises!” However, we remind you that when you figuratively “listen to” or interpret the signals you’re being provided by your smile, when it comes to your gingival tissue, you can often quickly snap into action when our care is required. Our Silver City, NM team encourages you to take a closer look at some things to “listen” for from your smile, so you don’t miss out on gum care with our team (and the exceptional protection it provides), if you need it.