Does Your Tooth Filling Feel Like It Doesn’t Fit?

If you’re an adult and you’ve had at least one cavity in your life, then you are among the over 90% of the adult population in America that has also been affected by tooth decay. If caught early, tooth decay can typically be treated and stopped before it causes irreversible damage, and the most common treatment for mild tooth decay is a dental filling. However, if your filling doesn’t fit correctly, then it will not only be unable to save your tooth, but may also increase the risk to your overall dental health. (more…)

Did You Inherit Your Oral Health?

It’s no secret that, for most people, their dental hygiene routine was taught and instilled in them by their parents. However, how much of a parent’s influence, or genetic makeup, determines the look, strength, and health of your smile? Your hair, eyes, facial symmetry, and even serious health issues and risks are largely inherited from your parents. Research suggests that the same hereditary DNA can determine your predisposition for certain oral health issues, including tooth decay and gum disease. Today, we explore how nature and nurture work to define the life of your smile. (more…)

You Deserve to Smile Confidently

As a universal sign of pleasantness, many people can automatically comprehend the joy and confidence in a smile. In fact, most people don’t need to be told that smiling makes them seem more attractive and approachable than frowning. A beautiful, vibrant smile can spread and lighten the mood around you, and there are many other benefits that stem from keeping your smile consistently healthy and beautiful. If your confidence in your smile is affected by its appearance, then your dentist can help you regain your self-esteem by improving your smile with a custom cosmetic dentistry treatment. (more…)

Is Gum Disease Affecting Your Joint Health?

Experts have known for quite some time that the presence of gum disease is linked to the development of systemic conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis. In fact, the relationship between your oral health and your physical wellbeing has been at the center of some of the most innovative research over the last few decades. For instance, many patients with chronic gum disease can experience joint health issues, as well—particularly rheumatoid arthritis, which also results from excessive inflammation. (more…)

Chronic Bad Breath? It’s Probably Bacteria

Do you wish your breath were a little fresher now and then? Bad breath can not only diminish your confidence, but also be a significant embarrassment when someone else catches a whiff, especially during a first impression. Luckily, bad breath is typically manageable even if it is highly offensive, and with proper care and maintenance, you can eradicate it from your daily life. Today, we explore the most common causes behind bad breath and how you can defeat it by bringing your mouth’s ecology back into balance. (more…)

The Best Ways to Prevent Tooth Loss

One of modern dentistry’s greatest achievements is giving patients back their confidence and quality of life with custom, lifelike dental prostheses. Even more important, however, is the ability to prevent tooth loss to begin with by understanding the common causes behind it and how you can avoid them. For instance, in addition to commonly known factors, like dental hygiene, there are also nutritional and functional factors that could affect your risks of experiencing tooth loss. (more…)

Busting Myths About Root Canal Therapy

Tooth decay is a progressive disease, and how you treat it depends on how much it’s progressed by the time you detect it. As one of the more involved forms of tooth decay treatment, root canal therapy is often the last resort to save your tooth from the destruction of severe tooth decay. However, the procedure often has an unfortunate and unfairly negative reputation, prompting many patients to prolong treatment and place their smiles at further risk. Today, we bust some common myths about restorative root canal treatment and why the procedure shouldn’t be postponed once it becomes necessary. (more…)

Feeling Sleep Deprived? Ask About Sleep Apnea

These days, there’s no shortage of things that can interrupt a good night’s sleep. For many people, though, such interruptions may not even be noticeable. For instance, patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) can lose hours of valuable sleep without realizing it, leading to symptoms of sleep deprivation that may seem unexplainable. If you believe you’re sleeping soundly at night, but still feel sleep deprived, then find out if sleep apnea is the reason why. In many cases, your dentist may be able to help you treat it with a comfortable, custom-designed oral appliance. (more…)

When Teeth Whitening Won’t Work

Professional teeth whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic dental treatments, but in some cases, it may not be enough to erase particularly stubborn or intrinsic (internal) tooth discoloration. Before undergoing treatment, your dentist will carefully examine your teeth to determine the nature and severity of your teeth stains. If teeth whitening won’t work for your specific situation, then we can recommend a more appropriate option to improve your smile, such as cosmetic tooth bonding or porcelain veneers. (more…)

A Brief Look at Modern Tooth Fillings

Tooth fillings are among the most widely-recognized dental treatments, and have been for centuries. However, today’s tooth fillings look, act, and protect teeth much better than they used to, and they can serve the dual purposes of restoring a cavity-stricken tooth while improving its overall appearance. While most people may have to deal with a cavity at least once in their lives, the good news is that modern tooth fillings can help them do so effectively, and with the utmost confidence.  (more…)