Why Having Gum Disease Should Worry You

The specific way in which gum disease develops isn’t typically complicated. It starts with an infection in your gums (known as gingivitis) that grows progressively worse until it becomes a systemic threat to the health and integrity of your gum tissues. However, the specific reasons why gum disease is such a threat, and why it should worry you if you have it, can have far more complex implications for both your oral and your systemic wellbeing. (more…)

Questions About Getting Dental Implants

If you’ve experienced tooth loss, then you may have already heard about dental implants as an advanced way to replace them. The main difference between a dental implant restoration and a traditional one is the way in which each is supported. With an implant restoration, your replacement toot or teeth will include viable replacements for your teeth roots, as well. Today, we answer a few questions about getting dental implants, and what you might need to consider before you can receive them. (more…)

Why Tooth Extraction Doesn’t Have to Be Stressful

One of the most important benefits of keeping up with good dental hygiene and professional dental care is the ability to preserve all of your healthy, natural teeth. Unfortunately, tooth loss can occur for many different reasons, some of which are preventable and some of which are not. In some cases, the loss of a tooth results from having to extract it due to one of several potential reasons. For instance, if a tooth is impacted, severely damaged, extremely decayed, or lacks support due to gum disease, then extracting the tooth before it’s lost on its own could be a better option for your smile. (more…)

Potential Causes of Tooth Loss to Protect Your Smile From

The thing about tooth loss is that it can have many different potential causes, and sometimes, that can make preventing it seem much more complicated. Fortunately, many of the common reasons for tooth loss are more easily preventable than you might expect. They’re also highly treatable, and often, can be successfully addressed before the tooth is lost or needs to be extracted. Today, we examine a few common potential causes of tooth loss, and how you can improve your chances of protecting your smile by preserving your healthy, natural tooth structure. (more…)

When a Dental Crown Is Needed Most

A dental crown is one of the most recognizable forms of restorative dentistry. That’s partly because they’re also one of the oldest forms of restorative treatment, and partly because today’s crowns are so lifelike in their design that they can accomplish much more for your smile than ever before. However, not all situations that involve your tooth structure require a dental crown to resolve. Today, we explain what a dental crown is meant to accomplish, and a few times when a partial or full crown may be your tooth’s best option. (more…)

What Is Root Canal Treatment For?

Tooth decay is a common threat, but for most patients who experience it, it’s often treated before it becomes a serious one. If it’s still mild or moderate, then you may be able to fill the cavity the decay has caused and protect the rest of your tooth structure from it. However, tooth decay isn’t always addressed in its earlier stages, and when it’s allowed to reach the inner areas of your tooth, filling it might not be enough. Fortunately, that’s what root canal treatment is for – to remove the more severe infection from inside of your tooth’s chambers to save and preserve the healthy,  natural tooth structure that remains. (more…)

Why Tooth-Colored Fillings Are Popular for Treating Cavities

One of the reasons why tooth fillings are popular is because they’re often the most effective solution for restoring a tooth that’s affected by a cavity. As a product of tooth decay resulting from oral bacteria buildup, cavities affect a majority of people at least once in their lives, and tooth fillings are the typical solution for dealing with one. However, more modern, tooth-colored fillings are popular for more than their effectiveness at filling cavities, but also for their highly successful results and lifelike appearance. (more…)

Problems with Having Bruxism

Some of the most common dental health concerns, like tooth decay and gum disease, typically develop from the accumulation of oral bacteria. That’s why sticking to a good hygiene routine every day is essential to keeping your smile healthy. However, bruxism (or chronic teeth-grinding) doesn’t develop from oral bacteria or poor dental hygiene. Instead, bruxism is often caused by one or more underlying oral health factors, and the damage that it can lead to is caused by your teeth themselves. Today, we take a look at the problems with having bruxism, including what it could mean for your smile and a few important facts about protecting your smile from it. (more…)

How to Know When Gingivitis Has Become a Problem

For many people, gum disease doesn’t seem like a real and present danger to their smiles. They may recognize that it can pose a threat, but unless you’ve already developed gum disease, that threat can seem abstract and far away. However, the problem is that many people don’t realize when gingivitis has developed because they miss or ignore the early warning signs of it. Today, we take a look at how you can better recognize these signs and know when gingivitis has become a problem that you need to address. (more…)

Good Reasons to Take Better Care of Your Teeth at Home

Most of us know the importance of sticking to good dental hygiene practices, but as adults, there’s no one at home to admonish us when we fail to do it. Perhaps because of this, it’s easy for people in adulthood to grow less diligent when it comes to cleaning their teeth every. Unfortunately, growing lax in dental hygiene means exposing your teeth and oral health to increased risks of several types of concerns. Today, we examine why it’s a good idea to take better care of your teeth at home on a daily basis, and what it can help you avoid if you care for them consistently. (more…)