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…)

Recovering from Tooth Loss Better (with Implants)

With a greater understanding of how tooth loss occurs, people today have a much better chance at preventing it from happening. Nevertheless, it remains a significant concern for many patients, and recovering from it requires choosing the most lifelike prosthesis to replace lost teeth. In many cases, that option involves the support of one or more dental implants, which offer more comprehensive results by reestablishing the functions of your lost teeth roots. (more…)

Understanding Tooth Loss Better

Tooth loss is a big enough concern that, for many patients, it’s the worst thing that can happen to their dental health. Fortunately, with the exception of teeth that have to be extracted (such as impacted wisdom teeth), most others cases of tooth loss can often be prevented. The key is to understand how tooth loss most often occurs and what your greatest risks are, then work with your dentist to develop an ongoing dental health plan to consistently protect your smile from them. (more…)

How Modern Fillings Mirror Dentistry’s Advancement

As much as dental technology and treatments have advanced over the years, the specifics of treating most dental conditions are still the same. For instance, if a cavity forms, then removing the bacteria and replacing the infected tooth structure is still the best way to treat it. However, modern dentistry now allows your dentist to fill your cavity while preserving a maximum amount of healthy tooth structure, and without changing the appearance of your tooth. Today, we take a look at tooth fillings as an example of how modern dentistry significantly improves traditional dental health techniques. (more…)

3 Things a Crown Can Treat Best

One of the reasons why dental crowns have remained a popular treatment option for centuries is because their design is highly effective. A crown mimics the size, shape, and contours of your healthy, natural tooth, and is placed over the tooth to restore its entire visible structure. With advanced technology and materials, today’s crowns are even more beneficial than ever, making them ideal solutions for a wide variety of dental health concerns. (more…)

How Veneers Straighten an Imperfect Smile

One of the greatest advantages of porcelain veneers is their ability to correct a wide range of cosmetic dental issues without requiring extensive treatment. For instance, rather than needing tooth bonding for a chipped tooth, a dental crown for a cracked one, and teeth-whitening to brighten them, an appropriate number of lifelike veneers can correct them all. In some cases, veneers may even be able to straighten an imperfectly contoured smile by addressing issues such as minor misalignment, crooked teeth edges, and more. (more…)

What Makes Digital X-Rays Better?

Prevention is the most important benefit of routine dental care, and that prevention relies on accurate, precise examinations. By thoroughly checking your teeth and oral tissues during every visit, your dentist can help spot signs of trouble that can be addressed before more serious concerns develop. For more accurate diagnoses, dentists have long relied on the ability to closely examine patients’ teeth and oral structures through X-rays. With digital radiography, the process is safer, more precise, and faster than ever. By utilizing digital imaging technology instead of traditional radiography, your dentist can capture highly detailed X-rays that are produced in nearly an instant. (more…)

Why Fixing a Chipped Tooth Matters

Compared to a broken or knocked-out tooth, a chipped tooth doesn’t always seem like much of a big deal for your oral health. In some cases, the unique appearance of the tooth may add to your smile’s charm. However, over time, even a seemingly minor chip in your tooth can become a significant concern to its long-term health and integrity. If left untreated, pressure from your bite can cause the damage in your tooth to grow increasingly worse and require more extensive treatment later. That’s why fixing a chipped tooth as soon as possible is essential for preserving your natural tooth structure, and we offer a number of customizable treatments to do so. (more…)

How Does Teeth-Whitening Actually Work?

Professional teeth-whitening is one of the simplest cosmetic dental treatments, and as such, it’s simple to explain. The most common types of teeth stains, known as extrinsic stains, form on your tooth enamel (the outer surface of your teeth). To erase them and brighten your teeth, a powerful but safe teeth-whitening agent can be applied to their surfaces to break up and remove the stains. However, not every whitening treatment is the same, and the way it’s applied differs according to each patient’s personal preferences. (more…)

Why You Should Address Bruxism Quickly

When you think of preventive dentistry, your most obvious concern may be preventing oral bacteria from overwhelming your teeth and causing cavities or gum disease. However, bacteria-related issues aren’t the only threats to your smile, which is why maintaining a schedule of preventive cleanings and exams is vital to good oral health. During your visits, your dentist can also checkup for other threats to your smile, such as chronic teeth-grinding (also known as bruxism). Left unchecked, bruxism can lead to a host of increasingly worse dental health concerns, and you should address it as soon as possible to avoid more serious harm to your teeth. (more…)

Things Everyone Should Know About Oral Cancer

Cancer can manifest itself almost anywhere you in your body, but oral cancers are among the most common types. Nevertheless, it isn’t as talked about as often as many other forms of cancer, and perhaps because of the relative lack of awareness, many patients are left unprepared to properly look out for it or deal with it. Today, we examine a few things that everyone should know about oral cancer, including the vital role that your dentist plays in helping you detect it early and successfully treat it, if necessary. (more…)