Restorative Dentistry

What You Should Know if You Need Root Canal Treatment

The need for root canal treatment can mean many things, but the most important is that your tooth is likely in serious trouble. Also known as endodontic treatment, root canal treatment is designed to address severe tooth decay, particularly when it reaches the inner pulp chamber of your tooth. The good news is that the procedure is highly successful and, in many cases, minimally invasive. However, if the need for root canal treatment arises, then there are several things you should know about what it may mean for your oral health.

Different Ways a Dental Crown Can Fix Your Smile

The most effective tooth restorations are those that not only immediately fix your tooth, but also protect it from becoming more damaged or infected over time. In many cases, the most effective solution to accomplish both is a custom-designed dental crown. Today, dental crowns can fix your smile in a variety of different ways, from improving a tooth’s appearance to restoring and protecting it’s damaged structure. Even if you’ve lost a tooth or need to have one extracted, a dental crown may be able to restore your smile by replacing it.

Why Are Cavities So Common?

With the advancement of modern dental treatments and technology, even the most destructive dental health issues can often be prevented or stopped in their tracks, before they cause extensive tooth damage.  For instance, cavities are the most common dental issue, and when left untreated, they can lead to severe infection throughout your tooth’s structure. Fortunately, cavities can also be easily prevented or treated in their early stages, making them significantly less of a threat to your dental health than they have to be.

2 Restoration Problems Responsible For Bite Issues

Did you have a comfortable bite before you received a restoration for a problem with your oral health? Perhaps you lost a tooth and had it replaced and nothing has been quite the same since. Remember that dental work that isn’t precise can have a significantly negative impact on the way your teeth fit together. Following such problems, you may develop TMJ disorder (TMD) as the result of jaw joint strain. For a very quick and simple way to understand how these things can happen and how we may address them, consider a couple common issues!

How To: When You Have A Cavity

When you are diagnosed with a cavity, you may find yourself experiencing two vastly different reactions to the news and our suggestion for a dental filling. On one hand, you may think that it’s best to follow our recommendations. On the other, you might think to yourself that maybe you can just wait it out, brush better, and you can keep your smile in decent shape for a while longer. Unfortunately, if you ignore our advice, the cavity will get bigger and bigger and worse. So, without further ado, we encourage you to closely follow our how-to guidelines to protect your smile.

Quiz: Tooth Extractions And Why You Might Need Them

You might need a tooth extraction. Then again, you might assume you’re going to need one when, in actuality, you will not. If you aren’t sure about what types of issues warrant an extraction but this topic has been on your mind lately, we encourage you to do two things. First, remember that an extraction can be a very beneficial treatment for your oral health. Then, head on through our quiz for the details you’re missing.

Toothache: FAQs

We receive quite a lot of questions at our practice, which is something we always encourage. If we were to go over the more common inquiries that we hear, one of the topics would most definitely focus on the development of a toothache. Since its popularity means you probably feel a bit uncertain about this frustrating yet treatable issue with your smile, we encourage you to make your way through our helpful FAQs session.

Why You Need Dental Work That Fits

What’s happening with the dental work in your smile? Have you known for quite a while that a dental crown you received years ago from a different practice has never exactly fit the way it should? Have you noticed that the denture you’ve been wearing seems to have warped a bit but you keep wearing it without seeking improvement because you’re busy? Whatever the type of issue, we encourage you to recognize that the work in your smile should fit seamlessly with the rest of your oral structures. Otherwise, some serious and negative complications may arise. Find out more!

No Need To Fear A Broken Tooth

Does the idea of a broken tooth in your smile cause you to cringe? If so, you may wonder if there’s anything you can do to avoid such a dilemma, if your teeth are potentially not as strong as you once thought, and what on earth you can do to avoid or deal with this type of injury. Before you find yourself anxious over the possibility of missing tooth tissue, we encourage you to rest your thoughts. Keeping your teeth intact (and making repairs when accidents happen) is actually not too big of a deal!

Full Mouth Reconstruction: Q&A

What’s going on with your smile that leads you to believe it’s time for a full mouth reconstruction? Are you feeling very unhappy about the way your smile looks? Or, are you feeling very concerned about its appearance, the way it functions, your comfort, and your oral health? To find out more regarding whether you need reconstruction and what you can expect, we invite you to begin with our Q&A session. Following this session with a phone call to schedule a visit, of course, is the next best move.

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Ready to fall in love with your smile, but not sure where to start? Send us a photo or a question of your smile, and Dr. Lathrop will respond!