Could Your Denture Be Better?

Thanks to modern, highly lifelike dentures, patients who’ve lost all their teeth on the upper or lower dental ridge can still enjoy a lifetime of full, healthy, and beautiful smiles, complete with full bite function and restored confidence. However, patients who’ve worn dentures for a while are familiar with the few drawbacks, such as the appliance no longer fitting the way it should and shifting painfully along the dental ridge. Fortunately, you can make your denture better by securing it to a series of prosthetic root-like dental implants. (more…)

How to Know if Veneers Can Improve Your Smile

With the wide variety of dental treatment options available today, choosing the right one will always require a thorough examination and diagnosis by your dentist. In some cases, your treatment may be much simpler than you originally thought, especially if you have complex concerns and qualify for porcelain veneers. In fact, many patients can completely makeover their smiles just by having one or more veneers bonded in place. Today, we offer a few questions that can help you determine if your smile might be best improved with porcelain veneers. (more…)

Is Grinding Your Teeth Something You Should Worry About?

If you’ve ever caught yourself grinding your teeth and didn’t develop any serious dental issues because of it, then you might scoff at the idea of teeth-grinding being a serious threat. However, when you grind your teeth constantly (a condition known as bruxism), it might be one of the more impactful and immediate threats to your dental health. Unchecked bruxism can lead to several complications, including excessive tooth wear and various forms of tooth damage. Today, we examine a few facts about bruxism to help you determine if you should worry about your teeth-grinding habit. (more…)

Permanent Relief for Chronic Toothaches

When a toothache strikes, you can often find some measure of relief for it with an over-the-counter pain medication or home remedy of your choice. The problem, however, is that such solutions are typically temporary, and before long, the pain will be back again, sometimes worse. The reason is that toothaches are not a condition that can be treated with home remedies. On the contrary, it’s a symptom of many different dental issues that progressively grow worse the longer they’re left untreated. (more…)

Can a Dental Crown Replace a Missing Tooth?

Replacing missing teeth has always been an important focus of contemporary dentistry. When a tooth is lost, the consequences can be severe for the rest of your oral health, including bite problems, an eroding jawbone, and more. Traditionally, replacing a single lost tooth has always been the job of a dental bridge consisting of a lifelike tooth replacement supported by equally lifelike dental crowns. Today, however, patients can often enjoy a more conservative and lifelike prosthetic option by choosing a single dental crown supported by a dental implant post. (more…)

Good Reasons to Contour Your Gums

Sometimes, improving your smile doesn’t have anything to do with the appearance of your teeth, but rather the gums that surround them. If your gum line is uneven, then your smile will seem asymmetrical, as well. Fortunately, cosmetic dentistry has an answer for that, too. With cosmetic gum contouring, your dentist can carefully and artistically reshape your gum line to create a straighter and more attractive appearance. As an added benefit, contouring your gums also makes them less susceptible to gum disease, which improves your long-term oral health, as well. (more…)

What Fluoride Does for Children’s Teeth

Fluoride has long been an important tool in effective children’s dentistry. For children who are at heightened risks of tooth decay, it’s an especially important tool. The mineral, fluoride, has a unique ability to bond to the layers of enamel surrounding your child’s teeth. By doing so, it can strengthen the enamel against harmful oral bacteria and food particles that could otherwise destroy it. Today, we examine what fluoride does for children’s teeth, and why you should ask if your child can benefit from it, as well. (more…)

Common Questions About Dental Implants

After the initial shock of losing one or more teeth, you may have several questions about your condition. For instance, how will it affect the rest of your oral health, and what’s your best tooth replacement option? In many cases, the best way to restore your smile is with the help of one or more dental implants, which are small, root-like posts that your dentist inserts into your jawbone. With the ability to support any dental prosthetic (i.e., crown, bridge, or denture), implants can be your best option, as well. (more…)

A Few Truths About Root Canal Therapy

Treating dental issues, like internal tooth decay, is essential for several reasons. For instance, tooth decay is progressive, and if you don’t treat it quickly, it will only grow worse. Additionally, such issues can lead to high levels of discomfort, which can only be alleviated by addressing the problem. In the case of root canal therapy, the severity of severe tooth decay’s symptoms and threats to your oral health make the procedure more beneficial than many patients realize. (more…)

What Are the Benefits of Bonding & Contouring?

When it comes to improving your smile’s appearance, cosmetic dentistry offers a broad range of highly lifelike treatment options. Depending on your specific needs, the goal of your treatment will be to preserve your healthy tooth structure as much as improve it. Therefore, your dentist will tailor your treatment to address your unique concerns. In many cases, cosmetic tooth bonding and contouring can accomplish both maximum cosmetic results and tooth preservation, making them ideal for improving several different types of smile blemishes. (more…)