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Do You Need Root Canal Treatment?

A toothache is a common symptom, and it can indicate any one of a wide variety of dental health concerns. When the discomfort is severe, it often means that your tooth has become internally infected; meaning tooth decay has reached the center chamber (pulp) where your tooth’s nerves and blood vessels are located. Root canal treatment is designed to alleviate your intense toothache and restore your tooth’s health and integrity by removing the infection and fortifying your tooth structure. To find out if you need root canal treatment, your dentist will perform a comprehensive examination to determine the exact cause of your toothache. (more…)

How to Know if You Have Bruxism

How to Know if You Have BruxismWhen you have a cavity or gum disease, the effects on your teeth and gum tissues are often easily noticeable during a routine dental exam. For some conditions, however, the threat to your smile may not be so immediately obvious. For instance, bruxism (the excessive grinding of your teeth) may not be noticeable until your teeth become extensively damaged. The good news is that you can be sure of bruxism’s presence and seek appropriate treatment in time if you maintain a regular schedule of checkup and cleaning appointments at your dentist’s office. (more…)

How Does a Cavity Form?

If you’ve ever had one or more cavities, then you may remember how unpleasant they can be. As one of the more debilitating chronic aches and pains, tooth sensitivity (a common symptom of cavities) can often feel like an emergency when it sets in. In fact, over 25% of working adults admit to having taken time off of work to handle a toothache. Although tooth decay is a widespread disease that affects nearly 90% of adults in at least one permanent tooth, cavities and their resulting discomfort are highly treatable and, more importantly, preventable. (more…)

How Much Do You Know About TMJ Disorder?

TMJ disorder refers to a dysfunction in the components of your jaw, which can affect its movement and operation as well as your comfort. Because of the disturbance that it causes, TMJ disorder can lead to a variety of symptoms that can make it painful to bite, chew, and speak properly. Today, we quiz your knowledge of the jaw joint dysfunction, its various causes and symptoms, and how you can finally find relief with help from your dentist. (more…)

Is Your Filling Giving Your Problems?

When your teeth need treatment, they deserve the care of an expert. Not just because of how important they are, but also because, if improperly treated, the issues that threaten your teeth could return or worsen. Today, we explain some of the common issues that can arise from older or less-than-perfect dental fillings, and why modern tooth-colored fillings are often the perfect solution for both short and long-term results. (more…)

The Importance of Regular Dental Cleanings

How long has it been since you’ve attended a routine dental cleaning? If you diligently brush and floss your teeth every day, then you may be tempted to ignore the importance of professional maintenance and skip a dental visit now and then. Unfortunately, this temptation can spell doom for your oral health, and you may not realize that your smile’s in danger until it’s too late. To help you realize why you shouldn’t skimp out on the professional portion of your dental hygiene, we explain what you might not know about your regular dental cleaning appointments. (more…)

Why You Might Need a Dental Crown

Why You Might Need a Dental CrownConsidering the many ways in which they can be used, many patients rely on dental crowns to protect their teeth in a number of different situations. A dental crown is a replica of your tooth, and can be placed over it to absorb the pressures of biting and chewing. Crowns can also help improve the appearance of a severely blemished tooth by concealing it entirely. Dental crowns are custom-designed to restore your smile in many ways, and in some cases, they can even replace teeth that have been lost to extensive damage or disease. (more…)

A Brief History of Keeping Teeth Clean

A Brief History of Keeping Teeth CleanWhen you wake up in the morning and prepare for bed at night, hopefully you reach for your toothbrush and toothpaste for a few moments of quality time with your teeth. As you walk out of a restaurant, you may reach for a toothpick to dislodge troublesome food particles clinging between your teeth. For any and every dental concern, large or small, there is an appliance to suit our needs. In case you’ve ever wondered how the hygiene tools you rely on came to be, we explore a brief history of ways humans used to clean teeth in the past. (more…)

How Do I Treat Gum Disease?

How Do I Treat Gum DiseasePrevention is the most important aspect of good oral health care. While modern dentistry provides a wealth of options for treating even the most advanced dental diseases, successful treatment typically involves restoring oral structures and tissues that have been affected by disease. In the case of gum disease, treatment may also mean replacing teeth that have been lost because of the condition. To avoid the need for such restorative work, we explain how to protect your smile by preventing gum disease, which happens to be the number one cause of adult tooth loss. (more…)

Is TMJ Disorder Keeping You Down?

Is TMJ Disorder Keeping You Down?

TMJ disorder is often misdiagnosed, or not diagnosed at all, due to the commonness of the symptoms. Unfortunately, TMJ disorder does not cure itself and having the disorder means living with chronic pain in your head, neck, face, mouth, ears, and/or shoulders until it is treated. Aside from threatening your oral health, the chronic pain of TMJ disorder can also have negative effects in other areas of your life. (more…)