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…)

How to Save Your Smile from a Cracked Tooth

Given the fact that your teeth are the strongest parts of your body, you may wonder how and why do they sometimes seem to crack so easily? The truth is, they don’t. For a tooth to crack or fracture, it must be exposed to immense pressure, such as from an uneven bite or accidental trauma. When a tooth does crack, it loses most of its strength and durability, making it vulnerable to further damage.  Fortunately, your dentist can help save your smile from a cracked tooth by restoring it as soon as possible. (more…)

Is It Possible to Prevent Teeth Stains?

Teeth stains don’t have to be severe to have a noticeable impact on your smile’s appearance. Against the uniformity of your healthy, natural teeth, even minor stains can become glaringly obvious. Unfortunately, teeth stains aren’t always preventable like other dental issues. The good news, though, is that most common teeth stains can often be erased quickly and conveniently with professional teeth-whitening. You can also hinder teeth stains from developing to keep your smile brighter for longer with a good hygiene routine and regular preventive dental visits. (more…)

3 Ways Porcelain Veneers Improve Your Smile

In the world of cosmetic dentistry, porcelain veneers are simultaneously among the most lifelike and the most versatile smile enhancements. Made from highly realistic dental porcelain that’s customized to match the appearance of your teeth, cosmetic veneers are able to address several different aspects of your smile’s appearance at once. Today, we take a look at just a few of these aspects, and how porcelain veneers can improve your smile faster and with more satisfying results than patients often expect. (more…)

Why You Should Never Skip a Cleaning Appointment

Hopefully, you know that brushing and flossing your teeth every day, at least twice a day, is essential to maintaining a clean, healthy, and disease-free smile. You should also know, however, that brushing and flossing isn’t enough to consistently protect your smile from the dangers that it can face. Today, we explain the importance of attending a professional dental cleaning at least once every six months, or as often as recommended, and why you should never skip an appointment. (more…)

How Today’s Dental Crowns Save Smiles

When you think of protecting your teeth, you might first think of a mouthguard, or of good hygiene and dental care that keeps them strong and healthy. However, sometimes, you may need a bit of help protecting your teeth, especially if they already suffer damage from trauma or a spreading tooth infection. In many cases, a dental crown can offer a durable, esthetically-pleasing solution that not only protects your tooth, but also restores its function and preserves your smile’s appearance. (more…)

Is Tooth Loss a Sure Thing?

Some things about your dental health are inevitable. For instance, if you don’t brush and floss your teeth consistently, then they’ll become overrun by plaque and oral bacteria. If you don’t treat a damaged or infected tooth, then the condition will grow worse. Tooth loss, however, is not always inevitable, though it can see so considering how often it occurs. Like most dental issues, tooth loss can often be prevented by avoiding the common underlying causes behind it. (more…)

A Refresher on Good Hygiene

One of the first things we teach our children about life is how to take care of their smiles with good daily hygiene. We not only show them how to brush and floss their teeth, but also to refrain from eating too much sugar at once and to stop sucking on their thumbs once they pass a certain age. Even when we don’t always realize it, there are many things that can affect our dental health, and we can all benefit from occasional reminders of what good hygiene means. (more…)

How Lasers Find Cavities Before They’re Obvious

The best way to handle dental issues like cavities is to avoid them altogether. In many cases, that simply requires a consistent routine of good hygiene and preventive care at your dentist’s office. Sometimes, though, a cavity might begin to develop despite your best efforts to prevent it, in which case early detection and treatment is the best way to stop the cavity in its tracks. At our office, we utilize an array of advanced dental technology to make your examination and diagnosis more precise, including laser cavity detection with the innovative DIAGNOdent™ diode laser. (more…)

Does Your Tooth Hurt? This May Be Why

A toothache is never fun, but sometimes, even the best home remedies aren’t enough to treat it. In fact, the time spent trying to alleviate the pain at home may be enough for the toothache, and whatever is causing it, to grow even worse. The only way to effectively treat a toothache is to find out why your tooth hurts and address the underlying issue. In most cases, that means undergoing a careful examination at your dentist’s office, even if it isn’t time for your routine checkup and cleaning appointment yet. (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…)