The Connection Between Hygiene and Preventive Dentistry

To many people, dental hygiene is something to practice every day. They don’t always automatically make the connection that it has to their routine preventive dental visits, aside from both being important. However, much like professional teeth cleaning, your daily hygiene routine is essential to preventing the buildup of oral bacteria in the form of dental plaque. Today, we take a closer look at this connection, and why keeping up with good hygiene on a consistent basis is the cornerstone of a successful preventive dental care routine. (more…)

Understanding the Advantages of Dental Implants

When it comes to different types of dental treatments designed to address the same issue, the best way to choose is to weigh the benefits of each. In the case of rebuilding your smile after tooth loss, those benefits include the comfort and stability of your restoration as well as how much of your tooth’s function the prosthesis can restore. With dental implants, we can often restore more of your tooth’s lost structure and function by providing a replacement for the tooth’s root. To fully understand the advantages of dental implants, you have to understand the implications of losing this root. (more…)

Why You Shouldn’t Just Extract a Damaged Tooth

When a tooth becomes damaged, especially if it’s severely compromised, it can seem like the simplest solution would be to extract the tooth and replace it with an undamaged prosthesis. After all, the tooth won’t heal itself over time, and if it’s lost any of its natural structure, it won’t grow back. However, there are many reasons why you shouldn’t extract a tooth just because it’s damaged, and why your dentist will most likely suggest restoring and preserving the tooth’s remaining healthy structure, instead. (more…)

What Your Dentist Wants You to Know About Tooth Loss

If you care about your smile, then you’re probably worried about tooth loss to some degree. If it hasn’t happened yet, then you might worry that it’s destined to at some point, and dread what the future holds for your smile. If you do lose a tooth, you might feel as though you’ve lost in your efforts to care for your smile, and maybe give up being as diligent about it. Both of these reactions are based on false assumptions, and if not corrected, they can become self-fulfilling prophecies. You should know that tooth loss can be prevented with the right care and maintenance. Also, if it does occur, your dentist can help you rebuild your smile in a way that almost completely restores its former health and function. (more…)

The Difference Between Partial and Full Crowns

Dental crowns are common enough that most people recognize the basic concepts of what they do. However, unless you’ve had one placed recently, you might not realize just how much today’s modern dental crowns can do, or the wide variety of choice you have when it comes to restoring your tooth. From choosing the right material for your crown (such as lifelike dental porcelain) to choosing the right type (partial or full), we can help you simultaneously restore, improve, and preserve your tooth with optimal results. (more…)

Treating Decay when It Reaches Your Root Canal

When you have a tooth that’s affected by a cavity, filling the cavity with tooth-colored composite resin can be the most conservative way to treat it. However, this is only effective when a cavity affects the main, visible part of your tooth, known as the crown. In more severe cases, the decay may affect much more of your tooth, including the inner pulp chamber and the tissues that rest inside of it. Instead of a filling, we may recommend saving the tooth by performing root canal therapy, which involves removing the decay from the inner structures of your tooth, and not just its visible part. (more…)

Need a Filling? Learn Why It Should Be Tooth-Colored

Cavities are common for all people, and because of that, treating cavities is one of the most frequent reasons for visiting the dentist (aside from checkup and cleaning appointments). While cavities can often pose a serious threat to your oral health, the good news is that treating them can often be much simpler than you expect, especially with the help of a tooth-colored filling. Today, examine a few of the more important reasons why it’s important to treat a cavity, and why a tooth-colored filling may be your best option for doing it. (more…)

What If You Decided on Porcelain Veneers?

Once you’ve decided that you want to improve your smile’s appearance, the next step is to determine what, exactly, it’s going to take to do it. If your teeth are stained, you might just need teeth-whitening treatment. If your gums are uneven, you might need contouring. In some cases, you might have several different issues to improve at once, which can make your smile improvement goals seem much more complicated to achieve. Fortunately, they don’t have to be. If you decide to improve your smile with porcelain veneers, you might still be able to fully improve your smile with just a single treatment. (more…)

Is Your Gummy Smile A Candidate for Contouring?

A gummy smile isn’t as common as other cosmetic smile issues, such as stained or chipped teeth. However, it occurs often enough that there’s a specific cosmetic treatment designed to address it and help you enjoy the straighter, more symmetrical, and more attractive smile you deserve. If your gums are uneven, we can help you determine the cause of it with a comprehensive exam, and if cosmetic gum contouring is the right solution to improving them. (more…)

Have a Chipped Tooth? Consider Bonding It

A chipped tooth doesn’t always seem like a big deal. It isn’t as severe as a break or fracture, and it might not cause any immediate discomfort in your tooth. Therefore, it can be easy to ignore the importance of addressing it. However, ignoring any damage to your tooth, even a seemingly minor chip in it, can lead to more serious issues for your tooth and oral health later. With a conservative treatment, such as cosmetic tooth bonding, we can help you avoid such issues by restoring your tooth and smile’s appearance with little or no changes to your tooth structure. (more…)