Can You Smile Again After Tooth Loss? Part One

Complete Your Smile with a Dental ProstheticDo you remember how excited you felt the first time you lost a tooth? As a child, losing a tooth can be a thrilling prospect. It is a rite of passage,, and it might even result in a visit from the world famous Tooth Fairy. Unfortunately, as an adult, tooth loss can be anything but joyful. Losing one’s permanent tooth or teeth can cause embarrassment, frustration and even fear. “What will my smile look and feel like now? Will it ever function the same? Will I ever smile proudly again?” These are just a few of the questions and concerns patients often have following tooth loss. Fortunately, modern dental prosthetics make it possible to do more than make do with an incomplete smile. They allow patients to regain their comfort and confidence, even after tooth loss. So if you have recently lost a tooth, have an extraction scheduled, or are simply unhappy with your current prosthetic, it is time to talk with your dentist about the many beautiful and stable ways you can complete your smile! (more…)

The Reason Behind TMJ Discomfort

the reason behind tmj discomfortWhen you think of dental pain, a toothache might be the first thing that comes to mind. After all, sensitive teeth are among the most common symptoms of a number of different dental health issues. However, your teeth aren’t the only components of your oral health, and they aren’t the only things that can hurt when troubled. Jaw pain, a frequent sign of TMJ disorder, can make eating your food difficult, or make yawning uncomfortable. Jaw dysfunctions can also be accompanied by chronic migraines, earaches and ear-ringing, and sore, aching facial muscles, among many other symptoms. (more…)

A Kid-Friendly Tooth Care Quiz

A Kid-Friendly Tooth Care QuizSchool books have been put away for the summer, but grab a kid for this tooth care quiz. Good brushing, and knowing how to floss properly aren’t just habits for adults. If your child is old enough to stand at the counter and hold a toothbrush, then it’s time to begin teaching good oral care. There aren’t grades issued for this quiz, but knowing about children’s preventive tooth care makes a difference in a smile. If you flunk the quiz, bring your questions to your next scheduled checked up, and be prepared to learn! (more…)

Shine Brightly This Summer with Professional Teeth Whitening

Shine Bright with Professional WhiteningDo you have big plans slated for this summer? Perhaps you’ll soon get some actual face time with rarely seen family members at a reunion, or beam with pride as your best friend says “I do.” You might also be anxiously awaiting an epic adventure, or simply lots of time spent at the park or poolside with your loved ones. Whatever you’re looking forward to this summer, make sure your smile is ready for the excitement, the memory making and of course the inevitable photo ops. In many cases, professional teeth whitening is the best way to make sure your smile shines all summer long! (more…)

When Is a Dental Crown the Restorative Answer?

When Is a Dental Crown the Answer?Is your smile looking worse for wear due to a chip or crack that seems to be growing? Have years of nighttime teeth grinding left you with jagged tooth edges, and overly sensitive teeth? Perhaps you let a cavity progress, untreated, and are now in need of root canal treatment? If so, it is time to talk to your dentist about the ways restorative treatment could help. Porcelain dental crowns are one of the most common forms of restoration, because they are both strong and beautiful. In fact, many patients find crowns to be nearly seamless ways to protect their teeth, restore their oral health, and give them a smile they can feel confident in, once again. (more…)

Do You Know How to Floss Correctly or Why It’s Important?

Are You Caring for Your Teeth and Gums?Forming great dental habits can help set you up for a lifetime of enjoying good oral health, which can allow you to smile confidently and chew comfortably. Dental checkups and cleanings are crucial to maintaining good oral health, but so is daily dental hygiene. While many people consistently brush their teeth daily, only approximately 30 percent of people claim to floss daily, and nearly 30 percent admit to failing to floss at all. If you want to keep both your teeth and your gums healthy, it is wise to develop an excellent dental hygiene routine including daily flossing! (more…)

How to Deal with a Dental Cavity?

Dental Cavity? Restorative Treatment OptionsAre you tired of letting dental discomfort keep you from enjoying many of your favorite activities? From slowly savoring a hot cup of coffee in the morning, before work, to enjoying a decadent dessert with friends on a Friday night, cavities can take the fun right out of what used to be beloved rituals. Sadly, cavities are incredibly common, and many people suffer with them in silence. Fortunately, your restorative dentist offers a way to rebound from dental decay, through the use of restorative treatments like fillings and crowns. So instead of making do with a smile that no longer works for you, or letting discomfort hold you back from enjoying time with friends – and your favorite foods – why not talk to your dentist about how you improve your oral health, and comfort, after a cavity has been detected! (more…)

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