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The Benefits of Partial and Full Dentures

When people first invented dentures, they were to rebuild entire dental ridges that have lost all of their teeth. Today, dentures still accomplish that purpose, but they can also help patients regain their smiles when they still have some healthy, natural teeth remaining. Traditionally, placing a full denture would have required extracting those teeth to make room for the prosthesis. However, today’s partial dentures can be precisely designed and crafted to complement existing teeth so patients can enjoy new, full smiles without having to sacrifice the healthy tooth structure that remains. (more…)

3 Concerns that Veneers Can Address Quickly

Some cosmetic smile concerns don’t take much to correct. For instance, if your teeth are stained, then there’s a good chance that you can erase them quickly and with little effort with the help of professional teeth-whitening. Some concerns, however, may be more extensive, and therefore, require more involved treatment. Nevertheless, even complex smile issues can often be addressed quickly and conveniently with the help of highly lifelike porcelain veneers. Unlike other cosmetic options, veneers are designed specifically to revamp your tooth’s appearance by upgrading its visible structure, rather than just addressing only one specific issue. (more…)

The Importance of Fighting Gum Disease

The fact that gum disease affects a majority of adults to some degree isn’t the most worrisome thing about it. What should concern most patients more is the fact that, when left untreated, gum disease can lead to several serious effects for your oral and overall health. For example, besides being one of the most prevalent dental health conditions, gum disease is also the most common cause of permanent tooth loss. Today, we examine the importance of fighting gum disease by preventing its development or treating it as soon as possible to stop it from becoming a serious threat. (more…)

The Secret to Overcoming Tooth Decay

The truth is that the main secret to preventing or treating tooth decay is timing. The condition, which describes a progressive infection in your tooth structure, is caused by harmful oral bacteria – the building blocks of plaque and tartar. The more time they have to accumulate and attack your teeth, the more likely you are to develop tooth decay. By contrast, if you consistently keep your teeth clean with good hygiene and preventive care, then you can stop bacteria before they have time to decay your tooth. (more…)

Can Dental Implants Support a Dental Bridge?

Dental bridges have been around for centuries, and today, they’re still a leading solution for helping patients recover from tooth loss. Often made from lifelike dental porcelain to closely mimic healthy, natural teeth, modern dental bridges can restore confidence in your smile as much as the balance and function of your bite. With the support of one or more dental implants, your bridge can also help preserve the strength and integrity of your jawbone, avoid alterations to your healthy tooth structure, and enjoy a more comfortable, stable, and lifelike replacement for your lost teeth. (more…)

Is Bonding a Good Idea for My Chipped Tooth?

Some dental issues don’t seem like much of a big deal, but can end up being a serious threat when left untreated. For example, if you have a chipped tooth, then it may not seriously affect your smile’s appearance or the function of your bite. Yet, if you don’t restore the tooth as soon as possible, then the minor chip can turn into a bigger, more threatening crack, fracture, or break. For many patients, cosmetic tooth bonding can fix a chipped tooth quickly and effectively, without any permanent changes to the healthy tooth structure. (more…)

If Bruxism Becomes a Problem

There are many things that you may have to protect your smile from throughout your lifetime, but you might not have foreseen having to protect your teeth from each other. However, if you have bruxism, then teeth-grinding could become the biggest problem for your oral health. Bruxism describes the uncontrollable grinding of your teeth, and for many patients, the grinding happens most often at night. When it develops, the condition can lead to several serious dental concerns, and saving your smile requires visiting your dentist to address the problem as soon as possible.   (more…)

Connecting Poor Hygiene to Tooth Loss

The importance of keeping up with good hygiene is common knowledge, and so is the fact that some dental issues can lead to tooth loss. However, when you think of your hygiene routine, you might not immediately consider how it connects to your risks of experiencing tooth loss in the future. The connection lies in the fact that the most common causes of tooth loss, especially gum disease, can be effectively prevented or managed early with excellent hygiene practices and regular preventive dental care. (more…)

Are There Alternatives to Root Canal Treatment?

One of the greatest advantages of modern dentistry is that you have options for addressing most issues that affect your dental health. Sometimes, however, your tooth or gum tissues may be in such dire straits that you only have one viable option for saving it. For instance, if your tooth is severely and internally infected, then root canal treatment may be the only treatment that can remove the threat and save your tooth. Otherwise, the tooth may need to be extracted to prevent the infection from threatening the rest of your oral health. (more…)

What to Ask Your Dentist About Teeth-Whitening

Modern dental treatments are usually so effective at addressing common dental issues that, with proper care and maintenance afterward, patients often never have to deal with the same issue again. Professional teeth-whitening is just as effective, but the stains that they erase can often come back over time. Fortunately, teeth-whitening is also one of the most convenient cosmetic treatment options, making it easier for you to touchup when your smile when stains reappear. If you’re considering teeth-whitening, then ask your dentist if it’s the right option for you during your next routine visit. (more…)