Surprising Effects Of Crooked Teeth

Surprising Effects Of Crooked Teeth Some people would be surprised to learn that crooked teeth have many negative consequences besides just the appearance of your smile. So, treating crooked or misaligned teeth with orthodontic treatment or Invisalign can help not only the look of your smile, but also the health of it. Teeth that are not properly aligned are more susceptible to tooth decay, they can lead to a higher risk of gum disease, tooth fractures and damage, bad breath, TMJ disorder, and chronic headaches. Straightening out crooked teeth can decrease the effects of these issues caused by crooked teeth.  (more…)

Two Different Types Of Teeth Stains

Two Different Types Of Teeth StainsNot all tooth discoloration is the same. In fact, there are two very distinct types of teeth stains. The types require very different types of treatment, so it is important to know the difference. If the color of your teeth make you insecure, and you may be ready to get a brighter smile. Getting that brighter smile means determining the type of tooth stain you have. Stains on the exterior of the teeth can be treated with whitening treatments, professional or over-the-counter, while discoloration within the tooth cannot. Which type of stain is affecting your teeth? (more…)

Problems Caused By Teeth Grinding

Problems Caused By Teeth GrindingGrinding your teeth, also known as bruxism, is a common chronic condition. It is often done sub-consciously and usually done while you are sleeping. You may notice yourself waking up in the morning with sore teeth or a sore jaw or maybe you notice yourself clenching your jaw during the day. These are some signs that you may be grinding your teeth. It is important to treat bruxism, if you believe that you have it. If you are unsure, you can talk to your dentist as they can look for the signs, too.  (more…)

The Importance Of Routine Dental Visits

The Importance Of Routine Dental VisitsMost extensive and expensive dental treatment can be avoided with preventative measures. Brushing and flossing your teeth twice a day, drinking plenty of water, making mindful choices about what you eat and drink, and visiting your dentist at least twice a year are all important points of prevention. Some people get anxious about going to the dentist, but your dentist’s main goal is to keep your mouth happy and healthy. Routine dental visits give your dentist an opportunity to spot any warning signs of trouble early enough to treat them. Routine dental visits also mean routine professional cleanings, which can help keep your mouth safe from tooth decay and gum disease.  (more…)

When Extraction Is The Last Option

When Extraction Is The Last OptionYour dentist always want to save your tooth, but sometimes that is not a viable option. There are times when a dental extraction is necessary to protect both your oral and overall health. Sometimes, tooth decay progresses so far that it causes a severe infection. There are situations like an accident or injury where the damage the tooth is too extensive to be repaired. In some cases, extraction is done to protect the rest of the teeth. Wisdom teeth, for example, are often removed to prevent overcrowding in the mouth. Extraction may not save the tooth, but it may save the smile.  (more…)

Root Canal Therapy To The Rescue

Root Canal Therapy To The RescueBy the time a tooth’s decay progresses to the point of needing root canal therapy, it can be on the brink of a necessary extraction. A root canal treatment can rescue a tooth from needing to be extracted. Tooth decay is a progressive disease meaning it will worsen without treatment. Early tooth decay can be reversed before it breaks through the enamel. Once the decay has formed a cavity in the outer layer of the tooth, a filling is needed to disinfect the decay and repair the tooth. If not treated, the decay will get deeper inside the tooth until it reaches the nerves causing pain and a toothache. At this point, the inner pulp and roots will be infected, which is when a root canal may be needed. Without a root canal, the infection may cause an abscess and enter the bloodstream to cause problems for other parts of the body. An extraction may be necessary to stop this from happening.  (more…)

The 3 W’s Of Dental Bridges

The 3 W's Of Dental Bridges Missing teeth can cause heaps of problems for your oral health ranging from bone loss to inability to chew and speak to a lack in your smile’s appearance. A dental bridge is a common prosthetic device designed to replace one to three adjacent teeth by mounting onto existing teeth surrounding the void of the missing teeth. The teeth on either side of the missing tooth/teeth are called abutment teeth and the replacement tooth is called a pontic. People with more than three missing teeth or with multiple teeth missing in random spread-out places across the mouth may want to look into partial dentures. (more…)

A Crown Protects A Vulnerable Tooth

A Crown Protects A Vulnerable ToothTry as we might to protect our teeth from decay and damage, things can happen. An accident may cause traumatic injury to a tooth or severe decay may leave it vulnerable. Whatever the situation may be, it is important for a weakened tooth to be repaired and restored. A dental crown is a permanent prosthetic device that restores a tooth’s form and function. A crown can be color-matched to blend in with the rest of the smile. A crown can be used to cap a damaged tooth or to sit atop a dental implant to replace a missing tooth entirely.  (more…)

Save Your Tooth With A Filling

Save Your Tooth With A FillingDental caries is the scientific, medical term for tooth decay. Studies by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research have shown that 92% of American adults have had dental caries in their primary adult teeth, which means the odds are good that you have had or will have tooth decay. Tooth decay causes cavities. Untreated cavities can worsen and cause problems for your teeth; tooth decay can even lead to an extraction. Along with causes oral health issues, tooth decay can lead to infection that can spread to other parts of your body. Tooth decay can be treated early. Treating a cavity with a filling can prevent infection or a necessary extraction.  (more…)

Reasons To Choose Porcelain Veneers

Reasons To Choose Porcelain VeneersA perfect smile is not a cookie-cutter ideal of perfection. A perfect smile is one that makes you feel proud and confident. Minor flaws and a lack of symmetry makes your smile unique. As long as you feel confident with your smile, it is perfect. An imperfect smile is one that  leaves you feeling self-conscious or insecure. Do you cover your mouth when you talk or laugh? Do you only smile with your mouth closed? If you said yes, you may have an imperfect smile. An imperfect smile can be revitalized with cosmetic dentistry. With all the cosmetic treatment options available, how do you know when to choose porcelain veneers? (more…)