While our goal is to preserve your natural teeth, sometimes maintaining good oral health means doing the opposite. With wisdom teeth or severe infections, removing the tooth may be essential to prevent damage from occurring or infection from reaching surrounding teeth. When do you need an extraction? Will removing the tooth be comfortable?
When a tooth is chipped, or develops a fracture, then you need a restoration. Instead of just a simple filling, you may benefit from a more substantial (but also lifelike in many cases) restoration. Dental crowns can be used to completely reshape a tooth and address a number of serious complications and damages. Would you like to learn more about dental crowns?
We often have people ask us this very question. Why do you need checkups and cleanings? Simply put, these visits are necessary because even if you brush and floss properly, it may not be enough to completely protect your smile from tooth decay and gum disease.
Do you ever notice a crackling or popping sensation in your jaw? Why does your jaw pop? A popping jaw is often related to the onset of TMJ disorder, also known as TMD. A widespread jaw joint disorder, TMD can lead to serious complications without treatment. We can help restore the health and comfort of your jaw, often with a simple oral appliance.
Keeping up with good dental health can seem like a lot. For instance, you have to brush your teeth at least twice every day and floss at least once to keep oral bacteria and plaque at bay. You should also be cautious with your eating habits, taking care not to overindulge on sugar that could lead to tooth decay. For many people, the tendency to grind their teeth is another significant concern to their long-term dental health. If you consistently do it, then you should worry about grinding your teeth too much and what effect it could have on your teeth and smile. (more…)
We’ve discussed how bonding, contouring, and even dental crowns can restore a damaged tooth. However, we offer another cosmetic option: porcelain veneers. With this restoration, we can reshape teeth and mask common esthetics complains. Does your tooth need a veneer?
We often speak to parents with many questions about children’s dental health. For example, many are unsure whether toddlers need their teeth brushed as often as adults do, or if children really need dental cleanings below a certain age. Let’s not forget questions about diet and what foods to avoid. Today, we’re going to address some of these questions by looking at five steps for keeping little smiles healthy.
What causes cavities? Understanding the cause of tooth decay can allow you to take steps to avoid it in the first place. Avoiding decay can also protect your smile from complications, such as infection or in extreme cases, tooth loss. First, you need to understand what factors can lead to the onset of a cavity.
In the past, we’ve blogged about how dental bonding and other treatment options can repair chipped teeth. But what about dental fractures? Often less noticeable and in some cases, more serious, a dental fracture requires immediate treatment to help protect the tooth from complications. Do cracked teeth need crowns? Will your tooth also require endodontic treatment?
We consider a dental emergency to include any non-life threatening pain or injury to your teeth or gums. When such a situation arises, you should see us right away. Otherwise, complications could develop that further threaten your oral health. Fortunately, we can address these situations and even offer advice on addressing discomfort prior to seeing our team.