Tooth loss is a topic many individuals never want to cover, as maintaining an active role in your oral health by brushing and flossing at home is enough to ensure your smile’s health, right? The answer, unfortunately, is not necessarily. In fact, a standard dental regimen is built with the notion that attending standard preventive visits is a given in addition to excellent hygiene at home. Additionally, there are a myriad of circumstances that can contribute to tooth loss, such as decay, physical injury, and more. At Advanced Dental Concepts in Auburn Hills, MI, we recognize that tooth loss can occur due to a variety of circumstances, but we want to emphasize why it is important to replace a lost oral structure if that is the case.
TMJ disorder, or temporomandibular joint disorder, is common enough that many people recognize it as a dysfunction in the jaw joints. If they experience any discomfort in their jaw or bite, they may wonder if TMJ disorder is the cause of it. However, the causes and symptoms of TMJ disorder can vary greatly, and sometimes, it isn’t easy to determine if you have it. Today, we look at what TMJ disorder means, as well as some of the more common symptoms that might warn you to seek treatment for it from your dentist. (more…)
Many people who snore constantly don’t realize that the habit might be a bigger problem than it seems. While occasional snoring is typical for most people, the chronic occurrence of it could mean that something is inhibiting your ability to breathe properly when you sleep. Fortunately, this may be solvable with help from a custom-designed snoring appliance, which can be made to offer comfortable support that prevents your airway from being obstructed while you sleep. In many cases, a sleep appliance may also help if your snoring is a sign of a more serious disorder known as obstructive sleep apnea. (more…)
When gingivitis first develops, it can be easy to miss. Though the symptoms are usually noticeable, they aren’t typically obvious at first, and discomfort doesn’t usually occur until the later stages of the condition. Because of this, more advanced gum disease is one of the more common chronic conditions to affect adults’ oral health, and it’s the leading cause behind adults losing teeth. To help protect your smile from the potentially serious consequences of gum disease, it’s important to take gingivitis seriously and have it addressed as early as possible. (more…)
Whether we notice it or not, our smiles gradually begin to fade over time. From our eating habits to our day-to-day activities and so on, our teeth begin to lose their shine and develop a sort of dull, lackluster appearance as we subject them to our daily habits that may, in fact, be putting them in danger. While you may be practicing good oral health habits at home, experts suggest that most people can benefit from a teeth-whitening treatment. At Advanced Dental Concepts in Auburn Hills, MI, we can perform a smile-enhancing treatment either in-office or give you the resources to do so at home to restore your smile’s radiance.
The two most important aspects of keeping your smile healthy on a consistent basis or keeping up with good dental hygiene consistently and sticking to a regular schedule of preventive dental visits. However, sometimes, it can be easy to forget how intricately connected both of these aspects are. If you slack in your dental hygiene routine at home, it can make your preventive dental care efforts less successful long-term, and can lead to a need for more extensive dental treatment before long. (more…)
After experiencing tooth loss, the need to restore your smile’s appearance can seem like the most pressing need for replacing the lost tooth. While this is important, the loss of your tooth can also mean several other negative consequences can begin to affect your smile and oral health. In most cases, replacing the lost tooth as soon as possible is important to protecting your smile from these consequences and preserving the rest of your healthy, natural smile. (more…)
For many people who experience a problem with a tooth, such as damage to its structure or other significant problems, a dental crown is often the best solution for restoring the tooth. Designed to replicate a tooth’s visible crown structure, which rests above the gum line, a dental crown can be bonded over the tooth to completely cap this structure. For patients who can benefit from a dental crown, we can often design their restorative treatment to be completed in just a single day. (more…)
Choosing to extract a tooth can be a more complicated decision than choosing any other dental treatment option. Once the tooth is extracted, all of its natural structure will be gone, and there’s not turning back. However, if your dentist recommends extracting the tooth, then it’s important to consider the reason why. In most cases, the tooth can’t be saved, and its presence poses a continued threat to the rest of your oral health. Today, we take a closer look at what it means to need tooth extraction, and what you can expect for your smile and oral health afterward. (more…)
Tooth decay is often a simple problem to address. For most people, treatment simply involves cleaning the cavity that has formed in the tooth’s structure and filling it to restore the tooth’s strength and integrity. However, for others, dealing with tooth decay can mean more extensive treatment, such as removing the tissues from within the tooth’s pulp and root canal to stop the infection from getting worse. In many cases, the biggest difference between minor and severe tooth decay is time. Tooth decay is progressive, and the level of damage it causes changes depending on how soon you address it. (more…)