Bridges and Partials (When a Full Denture Is Too Much)

Tooth loss has been a problem for as long as people have had teeth, and much of dentistry’s history involves finding how to prevent tooth loss, or replace teeth that are lost. At one time, dentures were the only way to restore a smile that suffered tooth loss. Today, however, modern dentistry offers a variety of prostheses that can help patients who’ve lost one, several, or all of their teeth regain their full, beautiful smiles. For instance, a dental bridge can replace a single lost tooth, or a few lost teeth in a row. Partial dentures, which are a modified version of traditional dentures, can replace several teeth that are lost, but not in an adjacent pattern. (more…)

Treating Your Toothache as an Emergency

When you think of a toothache, you may automatically envision debilitating discomfort that forces you to visit your dentist as soon as possible. However, even slight sensitivity can be classified as a toothache, and in most cases, it indicates an issue that may progressively grow worse if not treated immediately. Even though it may not seem like one at first, you should treat your toothache as an emergency and call your dentist’s office to schedule an examination as soon as you notice it. (more…)

3 Times When Tooth Extraction Is the Best Option

Since the point of maintaining good hygiene and regular dental care is to preserve your natural smile, it may seem counterproductive for your dentist to recommend tooth extraction. However, in some cases, a tooth cannot be successfully saved, and trying to do so may cause more problems overall for your oral health. Today, we look at three times when tooth extraction is the best option, and how the procedure helps protect the long-term health and integrity of your smile. (more…)

Can a Dental Crown Fix Your Tooth?

Dental crowns are among the most common tooth restorations, and with a variety of advanced materials, many of them are virtually undetectable. In addition to their cosmetic appearances, however, the best thing about modern dental crowns is that they can help you preserve your natural teeth when they become damaged or compromised. To help protect your smile and preserve your bite’s function, ask your dentist if a dental crown can fix your tooth during your next visit.   (more…)

How to Know if You Need Root Canal Treatment

If your dentist tells you that you need root canal treatment, then you may not question it. But, did you know that there are several things that could warn you of the need for treatment before you even visit your dentist? Root canal treatment is a restorative measure to remove the infection from inside of a tooth’s main structure and root canal. Because it is a solution for progressive tooth decay, your tooth may hurt severely from the infection, or your tooth may be compromised in not-so-subtle ways, such as a failed tooth filling. (more…)

The Threat of Gum Disease to Your Oral Health

While your gums are formidable, they are not as protected as your teeth, which are covered by highly resilient enamel. Nevertheless, your soft gingival tissue is largely responsible for sealing off and protecting your teeth’s roots, and when your gums are diseased, your entire oral health can be at risk. Today, we explain how you can protect your oral health from the significant threats of gum disease, and what those threats may entail if you leave gum disease untreated. (more…)

Taking a Close Look at TMJ Disorder

Jaw pain is like a toothache; it can range from mild to debilitating, and finding relief depends on treating its underlying cause. For many patients, finding relief from chronic jaw pain requires diagnosing and treating their TMJ disorder—a dysfunction with your jaw’s joints that is often the cause of jaw pain and a host of other chronic discomforts. Today, we explore the mechanisms behind TMJ disorder, and other common symptoms that might accompany your jaw pain if you’re in the throes of the jaw dysfunction. (more…)

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