The goal of most restorative dental treatments is to help you preserve your healthy, natural teeth. When a damaged or infected tooth is treated in time, you have a better chance at keeping it. However, there are times when even the most advanced restorative treatment may not be enough to successfully repair or save a tooth. When your dentist recommends tooth extraction, it’s usually because the tooth can’t be saved and removing it is the best way to protect the rest of your oral health. (more…)
Our teeth are very strong, but that doesn’t mean they are immune to damage. Poor oral hygiene, injury, and other factors can lead to chipped, cracked, or even broken teeth. In order to repair a tooth, we may suggest a dental crown. In today’s blog, we’re going to use a quiz to discuss how we create and place them!
The mere mention of root canal therapy can cause some patients to hesitate. Because the procedure involves accessing the highly sensitive interior of your tooth, it can seem like an uncomfortable and invasive procedure. The truth, however, is that modern root canal treatment is minimally invasive and can often be completed in just a single visit. Advanced technology and the addition of dental sedation, when appropriate, make it a much more simpler procedure than you may realize. Besides the procedure itself, there are more things you should know about root canal treatment, including how it might be your last chance to save a tooth that has become severely infected. (more…)
What makes a professional whitening kit different from the store bought whitening products you can find at your local grocery store or pharmacy? These over the counter products can be easy to find, but people who use them may have a hard time seeing a notable difference in their appearance. The whitening treatment available at your dentist’s office uses safe, but potent, whitening agents, which can eliminate discoloration that is more deeply settled in your enamel. In some cases, the ideal approach to whitening will involve a different cosmetic dental treatment, particularly in instances where a person is struggling with intrinsic discoloration. (more…)
Although cavities are among the most widespread dental diseases today, the tooth decay that causes them is highly preventable. Knowing how cavities form is an essential part of successfully preventing them. Therefore, part of your routine dental care involves making sure you have the knowledge necessary to combat destructive tooth decay. Today, we answer some of the most frequent questions about cavities, including how they form, how to treat them, and how to prevent them. (more…)
TMJ disorder, or temporomandibular joint disorder, isn’t as well-known as tooth decay and gum disease (the most common chronic dental health concerns). However, when it develops, the pain and discomfort can affect much more than just your teeth or gums. TMJs describe the two large joints that allow your lower jaw to move. A disorder in one or both of these joints can lead to trouble with your jaw’s movement, aggravation to your jaw’s nerves, and a host of chronic, increasingly worse aches and pains. (more…)
Grinding your teeth may not seem like one of the most worrisome dental issues, but for patients with bruxism, it could be an immediate threat to the health and integrity of their teeth. Constant teeth-grinding, especially if it occurs in your sleep, can systemically wear down the surfaces of your teeth, making them weak and increasing your risk of other dental health concerns. If you experience bruxism, then your dentist can help you understand the dangers of teeth-grinding and how to stop so you can protect your smile. (more…)
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