Negative Effects Of Gum Disease

negative effects of gum diseaseYour gums, like your teeth, need your protection if you want to keep a healthy mouth. Smart preventive dental habits should keep both in good condition. Unfortunately, problems can still arise from time to time. Do you know how to tell if your gums are suffering from an infection? They may start to look more red, or show signs of swelling. You might notice that they bleed more often when you brush. While gum disease may not leave you in pain, it still deserves attention from your dentist. Professional periodontal care can guard you against gum disease, and its various effects on your overall well-being. You can even enjoy advanced treatment with LANAP, which uses lasers to provide a more advanced means of correcting periodontal problems. (more…)

Addressing Active Dental Health Problems

addressing active dental health problemsProblems with your teeth and gums can worsen over time if you do not seek treatment. If you are experiencing pain in a tooth (or in several teeth), or if you are worried about the health of your gums, you should try to schedule a dental appointment as soon as possible. Restoring your dental health is a top priority for your dentist, and treating problems early can mean a less involved procedure will be required. On the other hand, the more you put off a procedure, the more time spent with discomfort. You can also give a cavity time to continue its spread, and have more of your tooth harmed by decay. (more…)

Bruxism And TMJ Problems Require Dental Treatment

bruxism and TMJ problems require dental treatmentIf you find yourself awakening to pain in your teeth and jaws, or if your teeth look as if they have suffered an unusual amount of wear and tear, you might suffer from bruxism. Bruxism is a condition where a person will habitually grind their teeth. It may seem hard to believe that a person could clench their jaw without realizing it, but bruxism often occurs during sleep. This condition can cause further problems by doing damage to your jaw joints, and creating TMJ problems. It is important to seek treatment from your dentist for bruxism and TMJ, as they can negatively affect your quality of life, and do serious dental damage. (more…)

Ways To Make Your Smile More Attractive

ways to make your smile more attractiveHow do you currently feel about your smile? Is there anything you would like to change about how it looks? Cosmetic procedures from your dentist intend to help connect you with the smile you most want to show the world. These treatments can help if you are interested in improving on the color of your teeth, or if you have teeth that are damaged, misshapen, or are otherwise visibly flawed. You can explain what you want from a cosmetic treatment to your dentist, who can connect you with the procedure most appropriate to making the improvements you desire. (more…)

Dental Restoration After A Cavity

dental restoration after a cavityTo stop the spread of a cavity, your dentist must completely remove all of the infected area of a tooth. An additional step must be taken to restore your tooth after treatment, to address this loss of material. The type of dental restoration you receive hinges on how much of your tooth was unaffected by the cavity. If removal was performed while the cavity only had a limited growth, your tooth should be able to be supported with a filling. However, a more advanced cavity may require too much to be removed for this to work. In these cases, a dental crown may have to be fitted over your tooth. (more…)

Advanced Treatment For Gum Disease

advanced treatment for gum diseaseInfected gums may not hurt, but there are ways to identify the problem. Watch your gums for signs of redness, or to see if they appear swollen. An increased tendency to bleed during at-home care can also be a telltale sign of gum disease. Gum disease can affect your oral health, as well as aggravate issues with your general health. People with diabetes or a history of heart disease should be especially careful to avoid an infection. If you do show signs of periodontal issues, updates to the treatment methods used can mean a better patient experience. (more…)

Sleep Apnea Treatment Without A CPAP Machine

sleep apnea treatment without a cpap machineDid you know that it is possible to treat sleep apnea without the use of a CPAP machine? You may be able to protect yourself against this condition with the aid of a special mouth guard provided by your dentist. The guard helps position your jaw in order to keep the soft tissue in your throat from closing off your airways, and depriving you of oxygen for extended periods. If you seem to have lost the ability to comfortably sleep through the night, or awaken feeling pain in your facial area, your dentist can be an asset in finding relief. (more…)

How Often Does Your Child See The Dentist?

how often does your child see the dentistEven at a young age, your child should typically be brought in for a dental visit twice annually. During these visits, your dentist will go out of their way to ensure that your child feels comfortable, while making sure their teeth are properly taken care of. Children’s teeth are not biologically different from the teeth of adults, but their needs can be different because they are still learning about good oral care. Because of this, children’s dentistry can often provide special protective treatments, like dental sealants and fluoride treatments. (more…)

Why You Should Restore A Smile With Missing Teeth

why you should restore a smile with missing teethDid you know that there are health problems associated with having missing teeth? It can be easy to identify the cosmetic problems associated with tooth loss, but attention should be given to how it can affect your oral health. It only takes one missing tooth to throw off how you bite or chew food, and the absence of one tooth leaves neighboring teeth with less support. Prosthetic dentistry offers several ways for your dentist to restore a smile with gaps that have resulted from tooth loss. (more…)

What To Expect When You Receive Porcelain Veneers

what to expect when you receive porcelain veneersPorcelain veneers can give you a dramatically improved smile. The process of receiving veneers typically takes two visits. In your first visit, your dentist will determine if you are a good candidate for the procedure. If you are approved, your dentist will take impressions of your teeth, and determine the proper sizing and look of your veneers. Once your veneers are crafted, you will return to have them placed – before placement, your dentist may need to remove a small amount of enamel from your teeth. (more…)