Bruxism refers to the persistent grinding of the teeth or clenching of the jaw. Without treatment, this issue can eventually endanger your smile, leading to a greater risk of tooth decay and other oral health complications. Fortunately, we can use preventive procedures to help you stop grinding your teeth.
When was the last time you visited your dentist for a dental cleaning? People sometimes go years without having their teeth professionally cleaned, which allows plaque buildup to accumulate and threaten their oral health. But how does a cleaning protect your smile? How often should you see us for one?
Every few months, we recommend our patients, whether kids or adults, undergo a routine dental exam. There are a number of reasons we recommend a checkup for our patients. In today’s blog, we’re going to look at three important reasons to see us every six months (or three to four months if you have risk factors for gum disease) and let us examine your smile.
Gum disease impacts millions of people in the United States. Despite being so incredibly widespread, few people seem to understand the dangers posed by periodontal disease or how a few simple steps can help reduce their chances of developing poor gum health. In today’s blog, we’re going to look at gum disease prevention.
Cavities can impact patients of all ages. In fact, at some point nearly all of us will develop one or more cavities. Despite their widespread prevalence, you can take steps to help reduce your risk of developing decay, keeping your smile healthy and beautiful in the process.
In our last blog, we looked at how removable dentures can address advanced tooth loss. In today’s blog, we would like to continue our discussion of tooth replacement with a look at implant dentistry. Dental implants offer a number of benefits for patients with one or more missing teeth.
If you’ve lost several of your teeth, or a majority of them, then you understand how this can impact your ability to speak and eat, as well as your appearance. For patients with advanced tooth loss, we may suggest a prosthetic, such as a denture. How do you know if you need a full or partial denture?
A dentist strives to help patients maintain their natural teeth. However, sometimes in the process of improving oral health, a tooth may actually need to be removed. When do you recommend an extraction? What can a patient expect from the procedure?
When your tooth becomes damaged, or should decay or infection form, you will need a restoration. Otherwise, you run the risk of losing your tooth altogether. Fortunately, we have a variety of options for repairing them, including crowns and partial crowns. But how do crowns differ from partial crowns (also known as inlays and onlays)?
We have a number of cosmetic treatments designed to address a tooth’s shade and shape, such as teeth whitening or dental bonding. However, one procedure can be used to completely transform a smile in as little as two visits. What are the benefits of porcelain veneers? How do we create and place them?