Appearance-Friendly Cavity Restorations Preserve Your Smile

Even small cavities are capable of damaging your tooth enough to make a permanent restoration necessary. After removing an area of decay, your dentist will place a dental filling, or a dental crown, depending on the amount of support deemed necessary. In both cases, you can count on receiving a restoration that keeps your smile intact. By using modern materials, your dentist can supply you with a filling or crown that will preserve your appearance. When people see you after cavity treatment, they can completely overlook the esthetic restoration that has been put in place, and simply see your bright, attractive smile. (more…)

Spotting Gum Disease, And Addressing The Problem

Are you checking your gums for possible problems? You may think about oral care as concentrated on the condition of your teeth, but periodontal issues can cause serious trouble. The initial stage of gum disease, gingivitis, can be reversed when properly treated. However, if you allow your condition to go unaddressed, you could develop periodontitis, or advanced gum disease. Periodontitis can cause lasting complications, and put you at a real risk for experiencing tooth loss! Be on the lookout for signs of gum disease when you brush and floss your teeth. You may notice that your gums bleed more easily, or you might notice areas that are swollen, or red. Your dentist can help you put a stop to an infection. (more…)

The Important Care You Receive During Regular Dental Exams

Keeping your smile healthy means more than just brushing your teeth (though that is certainly important). Your responsibilities should also include making smart diet choices, and flossing regularly. Of course, these are just the steps you take when it comes to daily care. To fully protect your oral health, make sure you combine smart daily care with regular dental checkups. Scheduling ongoing dental checkups will help you stay aware of potential problems, while also giving you access to a professional cleaning that will offer notable preventive benefits. A healthy smile requires daily attention, but you shouldn’t feel like you are alone in your fight to maintain your oral health. (more…)

Is This The Right Time For You To Receive Porcelain Veneers?

Are you worried about an upcoming event? Looking for a confidence boost as you return to the dating scene, or in advance of an important job interview? Life events can motivate some people to finally take action and seek out cosmetic treatment to address smile problems that have bothered them. Many people who are looking for a means of making big improvements will elect to have porcelain veneers placed. With veneers, you can actually address several different issues with a single procedure. Is this the right time to discuss cosmetic care with your dentist? If you are interested in showing off a brighter, more attractive smile, then schedule a time to discuss your cosmetic options! (more…)

Better Care For Anxious Patients With Dental Sedation

Patients who suffer from dental anxiety can face frustrating obstacles that keep them from the oral care they need. After all, it can be difficult to work up the nerve to make the trip to your dentist’s office when you feel uneasy in their chair. Luckily, help is available through dental sedation. What dental sedation offers is a means of helping you relax throughout the course of your visit. Nitrous oxide keeps you calm, but allows you to stay conscious throughout your appointment. This can be an important resource for anxious patients, particularly when they face the need for restorative dental care. (more…)

Working With Patients To Manage Chronic Jaw Pain

How can your dentist help you address reoccurring pains in your face and jaw? If you have problems with your jaw joints that create functional issues and discomfort, will it take an involved treatment to improve your situation? Patients who suffer TMJ dysfunction, or problems with their jaw joints, can receive care that is less intrusive than they may anticipate. What your dentist can do is provide you with a special oral appliance to wear while you rest. Once inserted, the appliance will hold your jaw in a more comfortable position, which alleviates discomfort you feel. Seeking care for oral health problems is important – when you do nothing about an issue, you leave yourself at risk for it to worsen over time, and create new issues. (more…)

What To Anticipate From Your Cavity Treatment

If you have never had a cavity before, you may be unsure of what to expect when you learn you need restorative dental treatment to remove decay. While the process of removing the cavity itself can be worrying, you may also be concerned about how your tooth will look after this treatment. One thing you should know is that different stages of decay will make different dental treatments necessary. If your cavity has had time to grow severe, you will need a root canal – minor cavities should be treatable without this procedure. In any case, you can count on a restoration that preserves your appearance. (more…)

Is Gum Contouring Right For You?

Is Gum Contouring Right For You?There are times when gums can be disproportionate to the teeth. Oftentimes, this results in what’s known as a gummy smile. If you have a gummy smile, you may feel self-conscious about the appearance of your teeth and gums. You may feel insecure about your smile because your gums are uneven and asymmetrical. Your mouth should make you feel you confident to smile and laugh. Gum issues may lower your confidence. Along with affecting your confidence, gum disproportion or unevenness may make them more difficult to clean leaving you at risk of gum disease. Gum disease can cause even more appearance and health problems for your gums. Your gums may even begin to recede from your teeth. Many of the above-stated gum issues can be addressed with laser gum contouring(more…)

3 Reasons To Choose Dental Bonding

3 Reasons To Choose Dental BondingIf you have distracting flaws that make you insecure about your smile such as chips, cracks, or misshaped teeth, dental bonding can remedy these for you. Dental bonding is the procedure of applying composite resin (like used for dental fillings) directly to the teeth to alter the appearance of the tooth. This treatment can make your teeth look more uniform in shape or size, repair chips and cracks, fill in small gaps, or cover deep intrinsic discoloration that even professional whitening cannot change. The bonding material is very life-like and looks very natural. Dental bonding is often less time consuming and costly than other cosmetic procedures.  (more…)

End The Summer With A Brighter Smile

End The Summer With A Brighter SmileIt’s that time of year when all the stores are hosting back-to-school sales, and everyone is getting ready to start a new routine. Even if you are not in the back-to-school swing, you do want to start the new season feeling refreshed and renewed. You may have a bit of a tan from the summer sun; why not get brighter, whiter teeth to match? Professional whitening treatments can get your teeth drastically whiter than over-the-counter treatments can. Along with the cosmetic difference, your dentist can monitor any tooth sensitivity that may occur. Depending on your preference, budget, and schedule, you can choose between two professional whitening methods:  (more…)