Types of Teeth Stains that Whitening Can’t Fix

When teeth become stained, the stains most often develop on the surfaces of the teeth’s outer enamel. These common types of teeth stains can often be erased quickly and effectively with professional teeth-whitening, which works to break up the stains on the surfaces of your teeth and brighten their structures underneath. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case. Not all types of teeth stains and discoloration are the same, and sometimes, teeth-whitening may not be enough to improve the appearance of one or more discolored teeth. (more…)

The Consequences of Unchecked Teeth-Grinding

Grinding your teeth once in a while isn’t usually something that needs to be addressed. However, some people grind their teeth much more often than they realize, and they may not know it’s a problem until it becomes severe enough to lead to other concerns. When you have bruxism, the grinding of your teeth isn’t something you can always control, or even notice, especially if you grind your teeth together while you sleep at night. Today, we examine what unchecked teeth-grinding could lead to, and why it’s important to speak to your dentist about how to stop. (more…)

Three Ways Tooth Fillings Can Protect Your Smile

Molar Fissure dental fillings, Medically accurate 3D illustration of dental concept.Despite keeping up with traditional and routine good oral health habits such as brushing and flossing, cavities can still form and cause a threat to the health of your smile. If you are not receiving regular examinations and cleanings, these cavities can progress and get worse to a point that a regular filling will not help, creating even more risk of infection, disease, and even tooth loss. Fortunately, the team at Silver Smiles in Silver City, New Mexico can help you get rid of those pesky cavities and ensure harmful bacteria does not cause your tooth to deteriorate, all with the help of a dental filling.

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How Do You Deal with Gingivitis?

Gingivitis is the beginning stage of gum disease, which is one of the most frequent chronic oral health concerns for adults. It’s also one of the most important reasons why your daily dental hygiene routine matters so much. Gingivitis results from an excessive buildup of oral bacteria along your gum line, which allows some of the bacteria to work their way underneath the tissues. When this occurs, the resulting infection in your gums is known as gingivitis, and dealing with it promptly could be essential to preventing further, more significant complications with your oral health. (more…)

Tooth Extraction – When Removing a Tooth Is the Best Idea

For most potential problems that could impact your healthy, natural teeth, the best way to address them is typically the way that allows you to preserve most of your healthy, natural structure. This can sometimes make it confusing when a condition is so severe that your dentist recommends extracting the rest of your tooth structure, instead. Tooth extraction is typically reserved as a last resort option, when a tooth becomes so compromised that its loss is inevitable. Choosing to extract the tooth before it falls out, and before it can cause any collateral damage to your oral tissues, could be the best idea for restoring and preserving the rest of your smile. (more…)

What to Consider About Dealing with Tooth Loss

If you lose one or more teeth, or have to undergo tooth extraction to deal with a severe problem, then it’s important to replace it in order to restore your smile. However, in addition to the loss of your tooth itself, there are other considerations that may have an effect on how, exactly, you deal with the loss. Today, we examine a few of these considerations, including the extent of your tooth loss and how you can optimize the results of your smile restoration. (more…)

3 Things a Dental Crown May Be Best For

When your tooth experiences a problem with its structure that’s too significant for cosmetic treatment to address, customizing the right restoration can serve several important purposes. Most importantly, your tooth won’t heal or repair itself, and restoring it is the only way to preserve the undamaged part of its natural structure. In many cases, the most appropriate and effective solution is to cap the damaged tooth with a dental crown, which can replicate the tooth’s entire visible crown structure and restore its good health and function. (more…)

The More Serious Nature of Root Canal Treatment

Some of the greatest potential threats to your oral health stem from seemingly minor conditions that don’t appear that serious at first. Tooth decay, which is the most common oral health concern for adults, is one such condition. Most often, it’s treated in its mild or moderate stages, when it can still be addressed by cleaning and filling the cavity that it has caused. However, the same condition that leads to common cavities can also lead to the less common and much more serious need for root canal treatment. (more…)

When a Cavity Can’t Be Treated with a Tooth Filling

Tooth decay is still a common problem for people of all ages, but the cavities they form aren’t always as big of a threat as they used to be. That’s only true when cavities are treated with modern, personalized restorative treatment, which often takes the form of a customized tooth filling to restore a cavity-stricken tooth. However, while most common cavities can be successfully treated with tooth fillings, a cavity can get worse over time. If you hesitate too long to treat it, a filling might no longer be the appropriate solution for restoring your tooth. (more…)

Could Veneers Work for Improving Your Smile?

You may not always be completely happy with your smile’s appearance, but sometimes, the issues that affect it can be more than just a nuisance. For some people, the right smile improvement plan is essential to helping them regain their confidence in their smile and overall appearance, and as a result, a healthier quality of life. Fortunately, porcelain veneers can work to improve a wide range of smile concerns with optimal results, and with minimal preparation to your tooth structure. This means they may be the best option for improving your smile’s appearance even when you have multiple different concerns to improve. (more…)