What Your Dentist Can Do with Lasers!

Lasers may have once seemed like a dream of the future, but today, the technology has revolutionized everything from media devices to medical and dental health care. At our dental office, for instance, our experts use specially calibrated diode lasers to perform a number of soft-tissue procedures that traditionally require a scalpel and sutures. With a laser, your dentist can produce more accurate results while making your recovery and healing time quicker and more comfortable. (more…)

How Do Digital X-Rays Work?

These days, you may see a lot of dentists promoting the use of digital X-rays in their offices and the benefits they provide compared to traditional ones. However, just the term “digital” doesn’t always mean better, so you may still wonder how digital X-rays work, and why you should care. The truth is that digital X-rays aren’t just a tip of the hat to the digital age; the technology allows your dentist to capture high-resolution X-ray images of your teeth and oral structures faster and in a safer manner. This means you spend less time waiting for diagnostic images and your dentist can design a more accurate and effective treatment plan, if necessary. (more…)

The Best Ways to Prevent Bruxism

Bruxism isn’t like cavities or gum disease; there’s no guaranteed hygiene routine to prevent it from occurring. That’s because bruxism, or constant teeth-grinding, can result from a number of issues that don’t always relate to your ongoing dental hygiene. For instance, if you experience excessive stress in your daily life, or if your teeth and/or bite are imbalanced, then you might develop bruxism in spite of excellent hygiene practices. Therefore, the best ways to prevent bruxism are to understand what might cause it, and with help from your dentist, take steps to reduce your risks in each of these areas. (more…)

How Our Patients Benefit from 3D Digital Scanning

When it comes to restoring your smile, accuracy and realism are paramount. Conventional and implant-supported restorations, such as dental crowns and bridges, work best when they closely mimic the healthy, natural teeth that they’re meant to restore or replace. Traditionally, planning a restoration meant spreading a gel-like substance over your teeth to capture their impression. While effective, this method is often considered cumbersome and messy, especially by patients with strong gag reflexes or who feel slightly claustrophobic. Instead, we utilize the Trios 3Shape digital impression scanner, which creates digital impressions in significantly higher detail using advanced digital imaging rather than a messy gel. (more…)

What to Know About Porcelain Veneers

what-to-know-about-porcelain-veneersWhen it comes to creating a smile that you can be proud to show, porcelain veneers are among the most popular cosmetic dentistry options. Veneers are wafer-thin shells that mimic the front surfaces of your teeth, and are made from highly realistic dental porcelain that makes them virtually indistinguishable from healthy tooth structure. Before opting for them, however, you should know the benefits of porcelain veneers and how they can help you restore confidence in your smile. (more…)

What Snoring Could Mean, and How to Stop

Snoring isn’t uncommon, but many people who do it don’t realize that it could be an unhealthy habit. Besides depriving your partner of much-needed sleep, the mechanisms that cause you to snore can also place undue strain on your cardiovascular and systemic wellbeing. Because it is often caused by an irregularity with oral tissues blocking the airway, your dentist may be able to help you stop snoring. He can also help you determine if your snoring is an indication of a more serious problem, such as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and recommend an appropriate course of treatment.  (more…)

Get to Know More About Professional Teeth Whitening

It may be one of the most popular dental procedures today, but many patients still miss out on the dramatic benefits of professional teeth whitening. Teeth stains occur frequently, often despite excellent hygiene practices; fortunately, professional teeth whitening offers a quick, safe, and highly effective means to erase them and brighten your smile. With a choice of in-office treatment, which can be completed in just over an hour, or a take-home kit that you can apply at your own convenience, there is no reason not to ask your dentist about teeth whitening and what it can do for your smile! (more…)

What to Eat for Healthier Teeth

Most people already realize that what they eat has a significant impact on their overall health and wellbeing. For instance, if you don’t eat right, then you’re more likely to suffer consequences like obesity, diabetes, and complications with your cardiovascular health. What you may not realize, however, is that the same is true for your smile. Eating enough of the right combination of nutrients will help ensure that your teeth and gums remain strong and healthy for life. If you aren’t sure what to eat to promote healthier teeth, then follow our advice below and speak with your dentist about your eating habits during your next visit! (more…)

Am I Flossing Right?

am-i-flossing-rightAs an essential part of a good hygiene routine, flossing your teeth every day is the only way to remove the plaque and food particles that accumulate between your teeth. Otherwise, the oral bacteria in plaque, which feed on these food particles, can lead to chronic issues like tooth decay and gum disease. Yet even if you do floss every day, doing so incorrectly can still leave you susceptible to dental problems. Incorrect flossing can leave behind plaque to calcify into tartar or harm the gum tissues around your teeth. Fortunately, your dentist can tell if you’re flossing right, or if you may need to make improvements to your daily hygiene routine. (more…)

What Is Your Bad Breath Trying to Say?

what-is-your-bad-breath-trying-to-sayWhen your breath isn’t fresh, it can do more than embarrass you. It can also be trying to tell you something, like maybe you should brush and floss your teeth. When bad breath doesn’t go away, its message might be more serious, like your dental hygiene has been lacking for too long, or you have a dental issue that should be addressed as soon as possible. The best way to find relief is to find out what your bad breath is trying to say, and you can do that successfully by visiting and speaking with your dentist about your options. (more…)