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When Bonding and Contouring Works Best

Cosmetic tooth bonding and contouring are not always as popular as simple and effective teeth-whitening or comprehensive porcelain veneers. However, they are often ideal solutions for improving your smile when your cosmetic needs fall somewhere between simple and comprehensive. Tooth bonding and contouring are minimally invasive cosmetic procedures that are recommended for issues that are more involved than teeth stains, but that may not require the permanent tooth preparation required for porcelain veneers and crowns. To improve your smile’s appearance while preserving a maximum amount of your healthy tooth structure, bonding and contouring may be your best option. (more…)

How to Protect Your Smile from Bruxism

Bruxism isn’t like most of the common dental health issues you may be familiar with. For instance, unlike tooth decay and gum disease, it can’t be prevented as easily as brushing and flossing your teeth every day. It also may not be as obvious at first, at least not until you begin to exhibit signs like tooth wear and damage. Bruxism, which describes constant teeth-grinding, can be the result of one or several different factors. Therefore, protecting your smile from bruxism means finding out why it’s occurring so that your dentist can restore harmony to your bite’s function. (more…)

Do You Qualify for Dental Implants?

Replacing one or more lost teeth offers a number of benefits for your immediate and long-term oral health. For instance, rebuilding your smile restores its youthful appearance, as well as restoring its balance and ability to function properly. With dental implants, these benefits are even more profound thanks to their ability to replace your missing teeth roots. To enjoy these benefits, your dentist will first have to help you determine if you’re a good candidate for dental implants, or whether or not you may need other dental treatment first. (more…)

Important Facts About Tooth Extraction

As an adult, much of your dental care is focused on preventing tooth loss to help you preserve your healthy, natural smile. So, if your dentist suggests tooth extraction, you might wonder how that can affect your smile, or whether or not it’s actually the best option. While it’s true that losing a tooth can affect your long-term oral health, sometimes a tooth is so damaged, infected, or otherwise troublesome that its presence is an even greater threat. Tooth extraction is typically a last-resort option when a tooth cannot be saved because it allows your dentist to replace the tooth with a durable, lifelike replacement. (more…)

Why It Might Be Time to Consider Teeth-Whitening

Teeth stains are unique in the fact that they can’t always be prevented, and because they can develop slowly over time, you might immediately realize the change in your smile’s appearance. The good news is that teeth-whitening can usually address these stains quickly and comfortably, either with a single visit to our office or with a custom-made kit that you can take home. If your smile seems to have dulled or you notice several stains on their surfaces, then ask your dentist if you should consider professional teeth-whitening. (more…)

Get Answers About Your Chronic Jaw Pain

Taking good care of your smile is often as simple as brushing your teeth at least twice a day, flossing at least once, and visiting your dentist twice a year. Yet, the issues that could potentially threaten your oral health can sometimes be much more complex, particular issues with your jaw joints (TMJs) and muscles. For instance, when you experience chronic jaw pain, the symptom could be an indication of a number of different issues. In many cases, though, it’s due to a dysfunction known as TMJ disorder, which can describe a variety of issues involving the health, function, and alignment of your TMJs. (more…)

Is It Possible to Prevent Tooth Loss?

Tooth loss is a significant concern for a majority of adults in the United States. In fact, it is common enough that many people believe it is a natural part of the aging process, and that there is no way to prevent it. The truth, however, is that tooth loss is not natural. Your teeth were meant to be permanent, and for most patients, tooth loss results from conditions that could have been prevented or treated before tooth loss occurred. By keeping your teeth healthy with consistently good hygiene and a regular schedule of preventive dental care, it’s possible to prevent tooth loss by avoiding the issues that cause it. (more…)

The Secret Behind Chronic Bad Breath

Even if you’re particularly proud of your smile’s appearance, the presence of chronic bad breath can be a significant source of embarrassment. Unlike morning breath or bad breath following a meal, chronic bad breath (also known as halitosis) won’t go away after brushing your teeth or rinsing with mouthwash. Halitosis can be a symptom of several different conditions, and may or may not be accompanied by other related symptoms. However, in many cases, the secret behind chronic bad breath is inadequate hygiene, and its presence can warn you to see your dentist before a dental health condition develops.   (more…)

What if My Cavity Is Too Large for a Filling?

Most people have experienced a cavity in at least one of their teeth, or will at some point in their lifetimes, and treating the cavity will depend on what stage it is in. As a progressive issue, the tooth decay that causes cavities grows worse the longer it is left untreated. Therefore, patients with more severe cavities need more involved restorative treatment to repair their teeth. While tooth fillings are typically highly successful at treating mild to moderate cavities, your dentist will have to suggest another option if your cavity is too large for a filling. (more…)

The Reason Invisalign® Is So Popular

Symmetry plays several important roles in your oral health. For instance, properly aligned teeth tend to be more cosmetically appealing than crooked teeth, and they also work better when biting and chewing. Because of this, crooked teeth can have a significant impact on more than just your smile’s appearance. Fortunately, you may be able to straighten crooked teeth with Invisalign® clear aligners. With a series of virtually invisible aligners instead of brackets and wires, Invisalign® has quickly become popular as a more discreet and comfortable alternative to traditional braces. (more…)