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…)

Are Your Headaches Connected to Your Oral Health?

If your tooth hurts badly enough, then you might feel twinges of the pain in your head and jaw, as well. However, there are more direct connections between chronic headaches and the state of your oral health than you may realize. For instance, your jaw is controlled by the same nerve that innervates most of your head, neck, and face. Certain jaw function and bite issues, such as bruxism and TMJ disorder, can aggravate this nerve and lead to a host of chronic symptoms that often include headaches and migraines. (more…)

The Keys to Preventing Gum Disease

Preventing gum disease means avoiding the most common cause of adult tooth loss. Fortunately, gum disease prevention isn’t particularly complicated; most people just don’t realize the gaps in their hygiene and preventive routines that allow it to develop. With these few tips, you can close those gaps and better protect your oral and overall health from the complications of gum disease. If it has already developed, then schedule a visit as soon as possible for treatment before it grows more severe. (more…)

Wish You Could Change Your Smile’s Appearance?

Your confidence in your appearance, or lack thereof, can significantly influence your frame of mind. Because your smile is one of your face’s dominant features, your overall self-image and confidence in your smile are as important as your dental health. With a wide variety of advanced cosmetic dental technology and materials, we can transform your smile into one you’ll be proud to show off to the world! (more…)

Are These Habits Harming Your Teeth?

Hopefully, you know now that brushing and flossing your teeth every day is essential to maintaining the health of your teeth. Dental issues like tooth decay and gum disease typically stem from poor dental hygiene, and if not attended to, either illness can lead to dire consequences for your oral health. However, even if your oral hygiene is top-notch, things you do throughout your day can undermine your efforts and still harm your teeth and gums. Today, we explore some of these habits and how they can damage your teeth and gums if left unchecked. (more…)

How Dental Implants Advance Modern Dentistry

The advancement of modern dentistry has given us a wealth of benefits when it comes to preserving, protecting, and improving our smiles. In the case of replacing lost teeth, that advancement has also provided us with highly lifelike dental implants that offer the most comprehensive support for a dental crown, bridge, or denture. Dental implants are small, biocompatible posts that are designed to mimic how your teeth roots work. Each post is strategically placed in your jawbone, which fuses to the post’s surface, and can be used to anchor your replacement teeth as securely as your healthy, natural teeth. (more…)

Is It Time to Consider Teeth-Whitening?

With a good hygiene routine at home and a regular schedule of preventive dental care, you can prolong the beautiful, healthy appearance of your smile and prevent most chronic dental issues. However, teeth stains are not like most chronic dental issues; even when your teeth are healthy, stains can still show up on their surfaces thanks to exposure to foods, beverages, and more. Fortunately, teeth stains can typically be erased as easily as they appear with a fast and effective professional teeth-whitening treatment. If your smile could use a pick me up due to a change in your teeth’s appearance, then ask your dentist if you should consider teeth-whitening. (more…)

Would You Know if You Had Sleep Apnea?

Patients with sleep apnea are not always aware of their condition. Their bodies wake up repeatedly at night to restart breathing, but patients typically remain unconscious, unaware of the disturbance. Sleep apnea is typically marked by bouts of extremely loud snoring, and many patients only learn of their disorder when their partners complain of the noise. If you believe that you may have sleep apnea, then your dentist may be able to help you diagnose the issue and receive appropriate, customized treatment. (more…)

Why Your Dentist Urges You to Quit Smoking

For most people, the fact that tobacco use is harmful to your health is not news. After all, tobacco companies have been embroiled in legal battles regarding the deadly product that they sell for years. Because your mouth is the window to the rest of your body, attention should also be paid to the effects that tobacco has on your oral health. Today, we take a look at those effects, and why your dentist urges you to quit if you use tobacco products. (more…)

Tooth Restoration vs. Full-Mouth Rehabilitation

With the right restorative dentistry treatment, your tooth can successfully recover from most issues such as a crack, fracture, progressive cavity, and more. However, when you have several teeth that need to be restored, or your compromised tooth is coupled with bite misalignment or other issues, then you may require more than a single restoration. Full-mouth rehabilitation is a custom-designed, highly personalized treatment plan to correct all of your smile’s issues in a conservative and effective manner. Each plan is comprised of a combination of restorative and/or cosmetic treatments to address each patient’s unique needs and preferences, and your dentist will work closely with you to determine what your treatment plan should entail. (more…)

Can Bonding Repair My Chipped Tooth?

A tooth can be damaged in a number of ways, like a fracture in its crown, or a broken piece that has completely separated from its main structure. Some of the more common types of tooth damage, however, are not so severe. For instance, teeth can often become slightly worn or chipped, which may affect your smile’s appearance as much as it does your tooth’s integrity. In many such cases, your dentist can repair your chipped tooth with minimal changes to your tooth structures, such as with cosmetic tooth bonding. Unlike a dental crown or porcelain veneer, tooth bonding can reestablish your tooth’s whole, healthy appearance without having to permanently alter the tooth’s structure. (more…)