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…)

3 Possible Reasons Why Your Tooth Hurts

If you’ve never had to deal with a toothache, then there’s a good chance that you might at some point in your life. The good news is that it isn’t always an immediately serious condition, but if ignored long enough, even the most minor toothaches can progress into much more severe pain. Because a toothache can have such a wide variety of potential causes, there is no one-size-fits-all treatment for one. Instead, your dentist will carefully examine your teeth and diagnose the cause of your discomfort, then consult with you to determine the best way to deal with it. (more…)

Why Skipping Your Dental Cleaning Is a Bad Idea

The fact that professional dental cleaning is vital to a healthy smile is common knowledge. However, it doesn’t stop many people from avoiding, neglecting, or postponing their visits when time seem short. Even if you do an amazing job of consistently brushing and flossing your teeth every day, regular dental cleanings are essential to ensuring that your smile remains healthy for life. If you skip even a single appointment, then your hygiene efforts alone may not be enough to protect your smile from concerns such as tooth decay, gum disease, and more.

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Common Things that Contribute to Tooth Loss

Today’s dental treatments can help you preserve and improve your smile even after losing one or more teeth. However, your smile is healthiest when all of your teeth are natural and healthy, which is why preventing tooth loss is the better option, whenever possible. To do that, you have to know what your biggest risks of tooth loss are, and how best to address them before they become more of a threat. Today, we examine a few of the more common factors that often contribute to tooth loss, and what you can do to lower those factors and improve your chances of preventing it. (more…)

Can Tooth Fillings Fail?

When you experience a cavity, the whole point of filling it is to prevent the cavity from growing and your tooth from becoming more compromised. If your filling fails to accomplish its purpose, then your tooth can end up in a worse condition than before. Historically, failed fillings occurred most commonly because of the materials used to create them, such as metal amalgam. While effective, materials like metal change shape over time, expanding and contracting in ways that damage healthy tooth structure or leave it vulnerable to further decay. Today, however, modern fillings enjoy a substantially higher success rate. That’s thanks, in part, to improved methods of caring for your teeth and filling at home, and also thanks to more secure and biocompatible filling materials like tooth-colored composite resin. (more…)

Ask Your Dentist if You’d Benefit from Veneers

It isn’t just the desire for a healthier and more attractive smile that determines your best treatment option. In fact, you have several different highly customizable options to accomplish that. When it comes to improving your smile, it also matters how big of an impact your treatment will have on your long-term oral health. For many patients, porcelain veneers offer an optimal solution for several different reasons. Not only is the porcelain designed to closely mimic your healthy, natural tooth structure, but veneers are also made to address several different types of issues with your smile’s appearance. (more…)

Could Your Bridge or Denture Use a Few Implants?

Maybe it’s time for a new bridge or denture because your current one has worn down too much to function properly. Or, perhaps, you may want a sturdier, more comfortable, and lifelike option that doesn’t involve hidden clasps, abutment teeth, or adhesives to remain in place. For many patients, traditional bridges and dentures are a viable option for replacing lost teeth. However, they require the unique support that only dental implants can provide to truly mimic the comfort and stability of healthy, natural teeth. By upgrading to an implant-supported prosthesis, you can almost instantly experience the benefits that the biocompatible, root-like posts offer. (more…)

Is It Possible to Reverse Gingivitis?

Most dental health concerns are chronic conditions, which makes treating them a top priority any time they develop. That’s especially true for gum disease, which can cause increasingly worse damage to your gums and jawbone until you eventually lose one or more teeth from lack of support. Once it becomes severe enough, the only way to protect your smile is to treat and manage your gum disease to prevent it from growing worse. However, in its earliest stage, known as gingivitis, you may still have a chance of reversing gum disease and avoiding the need for lifelong periodontal maintenance. (more…)

In Case Your Dental Hygiene Is Missing Something

How well do you plan your dental hygiene routine every day? If you’re like most people, you’ve brushed and flossed and rinse your teeth so often that it barely takes any conscious thought, much less any planning. However, that familiarity is one reason why many people’s hygiene routines are lacking in one area or another, leading to the frequent development of preventable issues like tooth decay, gum disease, and more. Fortunately, there are many different highly customizable treatment options available to address such issues, though with a few tweaks to your hygiene routine, you’ll have a better chance at avoiding them altogether. (more…)

Dental Things that Are More Concerning as You Age

The specific concerns that your smile faces depend on a variety of factors. For instance, the quality of your dental hygiene routine over the years, the presence of existing dental issues, and systemic conditions that are related to poor oral health can all become more prominent as time goes on. Fortunately, caring for your smile and addressing your risks of such issues isn’t necessarily more difficult. Even as you age, proper care and maintenance can help you maintain your healthy, natural smile and prevent dental health risks from becoming even bigger threats. (more…)

If Your Teeth Could Choose Their Diet

If you’ve listened to your dentist, then you probably know that indulging on certain foods too much can lead to several negative consequences for your oral health. For instance, eating too much sugar can accelerate the processes that lead to tooth decay. However, what you eat can also be a huge benefit to your smile when you choose the right nutrients. Like the rest of your body, the structures that make up your smile also need ample minerals and nutrients to stay healthy. If it could choose its own diet, it would include many of these ingredients. (more…)