A parent will often tell you that their number one priority is protecting their children. Protecting your child’s smile can be done by teaching your child good oral health habits that they can carry with them throughout their life. Routine dental visits are part of the good oral health habits; routine visits allow for any potential issues to be identified. Regular dental visits also allow for a professional cleaning to the smile clear of plaque and tartar buildup that can lead to tooth decay and gum disease. Your dentist can also recommend a bit of extra smile protection in the form of dental sealants. While sealants do not give a free pass for unlimited candy and skipped flossing, they can be a protective barrier against cavity-causing bacteria. (more…)
Breaking a tooth can be a traumatic experience that feels like an emergency. In many situations, it is an emergency. The urgency of a damaged tooth will depend on the severity of the situation. However, whenever there is a situation with a damaged tooth, it should be followed up with a dental visit. Significant damage to a tooth’s structure can leave it vulnerable to further damage, decay, and/or infection. In some cases where there is only minor damage, a cosmetic treatment may be enough to address the situation. In other cases, a tooth may be so significantly damaged that it cannot be restored. In these severe cases, extracting and replacing the tooth may be the best option for the overall health of your smile. (more…)
Dental bridges have been around for centuries helping people who have experienced tooth loss to regain confidence in their smiles. Technological advances in both materials and the way that bridges are created have allowed for more lifelike and better-fitting dental crowns. Materials such as porcelain create a prosthetic that looks and acts like a natural tooth. Digital technology can help map out a bridge designed to precisely fit your smile. Another important advantage for today’s modern bridges have over the bridges of the past is the addition of dental implants. Implants are small titanium posts that act as replacements for teeth roots. Paired with a dental bridge, an implant can provide improved comfort, stability, and longevity to the restoration. (more…)
Dental crowns are a common way to restore a smile. If you already don’t have a crown, you probably know someone that does have one. Modern crowns are designed to be lifelike to blend right in with the rest of your smile. A dental crown has the name, “crown,” because it is a replica of your tooth’s natural crown, which is the visible part of the tooth that protrudes from your gum line. A crown can completely cover a damaged, vulnerable tooth to restore it or it can pair with a dental implant to replace a lost tooth. (more…)
Tooth decay can be prevented, but it cannot repair itself. Unlike other health issues, like a common cold for example, tooth decay does not just go away on its own. If tooth decay has created a cavity in your tooth, treatment is important to stop it from getting worse. What may start out as a minor problem can quickly become serious, changing your treatment options dramatically. Once decay erodes the enamel of your tooth, the tooth is left vulnerable to infection and further damage. Treatment with a filling can stop the tooth decay, restore the tooth, and protect it from worsening decay. (more…)
If you have a smile with crooked, crowded, or overlapping teeth, it may make you feel uneasy about your appearance and insecure about smiling or talking. Perhaps you have put off straightening your smile because you worry about the way your traditional metal braces will look during treatment. However, a crooked smile is not just problematic for your appearance and confidence, it can also affect the health of your smile. ClearCorrect® can be a way to straighten a misaligned smiles. The treatment is suitable for both teenagers and adults who qualify. We have compiled some of the most frequently asked questions concerning ClearCorrect® treatment. (more…)
You may like the gap between your front teeth because it makes your smile feel unique. A gap, also known as diastema, often appears between the two front teeth, but extra spacing can occur between any two teeth in your smile. Wide spacing between teeth can be caused by a variety of different issues. Depending on the issue causing the gap in your smile, it typically does not affect the health of your smile. However, gaps that are caused by something like tongue thrusting or periodontal disease may affect your smile’s health. In a case like that, the cause may need have to be treated in conjunction with cosmetic dentistry to address your smile’s appearance and health. For any issues that only affect your appearance and confidence, cosmetic treatment is typically enough to address the gap and there are several options to do so. (more…)
Whitening your smile can be one of the fastest, most effective ways to make a huge difference in your appearance. Dealing with dull, yellow teeth can take years off your appearance. In many situations for many people, a whitening treatment can be a perfect solution. However, there are a lot of people and a lot of situations where cosmetic dentistry may need to go beyond whitening your smile to make a difference. For example, if you have already tried a lot of whitening treatments to brighten your smile without it making a dent in the discoloration, it may be time to ask your dentist if other cosmetic dentistry options may be better for you. (more…)
With the sunshine out and the flowers in full bloom, it can feel like there is a wedding every other weekend. Whether you have your own or someone else’s wedding coming up, you probably want to look your best when you attend it. Cosmetic dentistry can be a great way to update your smile for a spring wedding or any other major event in your life. Planning early is important because some cosmetic dental treatments may take more than one visit to update your smile’s appearance. It is also important to keep up with your daily hygiene no matter how busy you get with planning. (more…)
Bruxism, or constant teeth-grinding, is one of the most potentially destructive habits. Patients may find their teeth sore and sensitive only to realize that they’re grinding them together without realizing it. Or, you may never realize that you grind your teeth more than usual because it happens most persistently while you sleep at night. In any cases, the reason why you grind your teeth so often is likely because of an underlying issue with your bite’s function, such as tooth or jaw misalignment. Fortunately, if you don’t notice that you grind your teeth too much, your dentist will be able to tell if you stick to a routine schedule of dental checkup appointments. (more…)
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