Will Tooth Extraction Affect Your Oral Health?

Tooth extraction is generally recommended when a tooth is so damaged that it can’t be restored, or so decayed that it poses a threat to the rest of your oral health. In many cases, extraction is recommended for wisdom teeth that have become impacted and are causing severe discomfort. While the procedure is often necessary, the loss of your tooth may still impact your oral health in several ways if the tooth is not replaced. Therefore, before performing tooth extraction, your dentist will first discuss these issues and your options for replacing your tooth afterward. (more…)

3 Great Things About Dental Crowns

Even if you’ve never had a dental crown placed over your tooth, you are probably familiar with what a crown is. As one of the most common forms of dental restoration, dental crowns have been around for much of dentistry’s history. Today, they continue to help people recover from a multitude of issues, such as cracked, fractured, and severely blemished teeth. Whether you need to protect and restore a tooth or improve its overall appearance, the great thing about dental crowns is that they are often the ideal solution for several different types of dental health concerns. (more…)

What Should You Expect From A Root Canal?

Few procedures seem to send a shiver down a patient’s spine like a root canal. Unfortunately, years of jokes and misinformation have given people a very poor idea of what the procedure actually involves. Many are surprised to find that root canal therapy is a safe and comfortable procedure, one comparable to receiving a simple dental filling. What should you expect from a root canal?

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How Tooth Fillings Relieve Toothaches

Toothaches can be a symptom of many different causes, but often, it indicates the presence of tooth decay (the disease that leads to cavity development). Because decay progresses the longer it is left untreated, the pain in your tooth will also grow worse. Fortunately, if you seek treatment in time, your dentist can likely treat your cavity and relieve your toothache with a tooth-colored filling. By eliminating the tooth infection, restoring your tooth, and sealing off its sensitive structure, a filling can help you find permanent relief from the discomfort related to cavities. (more…)

Want a Better Smile? Ask Your Dentist About Porcelain Veneers

Improving your smile’s appearance may mean little more than brightening your teeth with teeth-whitening, or it may mean having to alter the size and shape of one or more teeth. While cosmetic dentistry offers a variety of solutions for different concerns, some patients can enjoy complete smile makeovers with just a single procedure—porcelain veneers. If you want a better looking smile but have several cosmetic issues to address, then ask your dentist if you can benefit from one or more porcelain veneers. (more…)

How Invisalign® Straightens Smiles without Braces

When your teeth are not perfectly aligned, the crooked appearance of your smile can affect your level of self-confidence. It can also affect how well your bite functions by throwing off its symmetry. To improve your appearance and optimize your bite’s ability to function properly, your dentist may recommend orthodontic treatment. However, for patients who want to avoid having to wear metal braces, we often suggest Invisalign® clear aligners, which do not require traditional brackets and wires. If you qualify, Invisalign® may be able to straighten your smile without braces, but with equally effective and satisfying results. (more…)

Why You Snore, and How to Stop

Snoring is a mystery to many people. It can affect your relationship with your sleeping partner, who may eventually grow exhausted with losing sleep to the noise, and it might affect your own quality of sleep in the long-run. Yet, many people mistake snoring as a normal part of their sleeping pattern, especially if they’ve tried unsuccessfully to stop. If nasal strips, sinus-clearing products, and other home remedies fail to help you stop snoring, then you might find relief with a careful examination and custom appliance from your dentist. (more…)

Is There a Sure Way to Relieve Jaw Pain?

 

Your temporomandibular joints, or TMJs, are the two small joints located just in front of each ear that connect your lower jaw (mandible) to your temporal bones. They are also the joints upon which your jaw opens, closes, and moves around. Like your teeth and gums, your TMJs can often be subject to excessive wear, damage, and/or misalignment, which can have resounding consequences for your dental health. Today, we explain a few ways you can relieve chronic jaw pain resulting from TMJ disorder. (more…)

Got Questions About Your Smile? It’s Time to See Your Dentist

Got Questions About Your Smile? It’s Time to See Your DentistWondering if you are really doing all you can and should be, to help prevent cavities and other pesky dental problems? Ever wondered how you are supposed to know if you could already be struggling with an issue like a dental cavity? If you have pressing questions about preventive care, or other general dental issues, don’t hesitate to talk to your local dentist. “Knowledge is power,” as they adage goes, and when it comes to keeping your teeth and gums healthy, that is certainly the case! (more…)

So You Think You’ve Got a Dental Cavity?

So You Think You've Got a Dental Cavity?Do you worry that you might have already developed a dental carie, or cavity as they are most commonly called? Cavities are largely preventable, and yet they are  incredibly common. Some reports indicate that nearly 90 percent of the adults in America will suffer from them, and nearly 1/3 of school-aged children are likely to suffer from cavities, as well. The good news is that if you are diagnosed with a dental cavity, it doesn’t have to mean the end of your smile or comfort, as you know it. A modern dental restoration can likely help you chew more comfortably and smile more confidently following treatment. (more…)