A Common Reason (and Solution) for Chronic Jaw Pain

Unlike a toothache, chronic jaw pain doesn’t always have an obvious reason behind it. It can also come in a variety of forms, such as a popping or clicking jaw joints or radiating pain in your jaw and facial muscles. However, even though the cause of jaw pain may be difficult to guess, your dentist can pinpoint it accurately with a thorough examination of your teeth, jaws, oral structures, and bite posture. In many cases, the underlying condition is TMJ disorder – a jaw dysfunction that affects your jaw joints and can often be treated with a custom-designed appliance. (more…)

The Benefits of Digital Cosmetic Dentistry

Modern advancements in dental materials have helped countless patients enjoy better-looking smiles with highly lifelike cosmetic treatments. For example, the porcelain used for cosmetic crowns and veneers can be customized to match not only your tooth’s color and shade, but also its texture and ability to reflect light. Using advanced, digital imaging technology, we can take cosmetic smile improvement even further, providing a number of benefits such as cleaner, more precise digital molds and measurements that help ensure the most lifelike results. (more…)

Could You Benefit from Orthodontic Treatment?

If you’ve never needed orthodontic treatment as a child, then finding out that you might need it as an adult could be even more disconcerting. However, even adult teeth that have already fully developed can eventually grow out of alignment due to a number of different factors. For example, excessive force from bruxism or a bite imbalance from a lost tooth can cause your teeth to shift. When they do, the misalignment in your bite can lead to a host of dental health concerns, including diminished bite function, increased risks of dental disease, TMJ disorder, and more.   (more…)

Using 3D Technology to Guide Implant Surgery

When left unaddressed, tooth loss can dramatically impact your oral health as well as your smile’s appearance. When replacing those lost teeth, however, the treatment you choose and how it’s performed also matter greatly to your oral health. In many cases, dental implants are the most beneficial treatment, and because they’re designed to support your replacement teeth, their precise positioning and placement are paramount. For optimal results, we often utilize advanced 3D imaging technology to create a surgical guide for implant placement. By mapping out your smile and your implant procedure digitally, we can ensure accuracy and precision with every dental implant we place. (more…)

Why Tooth Extraction Is Only the First Part

The goal of keeping your smile healthy for life is to preserve your healthy, natural teeth. So, if your dentist tells you that you need to extract a tooth, then it can seem like you’ve failed in that goal. While some cases of tooth extraction can be prevented, others can’t (such as severe damage from accidental trauma). What’s more important is what you do after your tooth is removed. Extracting the tooth is only the first part of your smile’s restoration; the next step is to replace the tooth with a durable, lifelike prosthetic, such as a dental implant-supported crown. (more…)

Get to Know Cavities Better

Cavities are common enough that you may have already experienced at least one. Fortunately, today’s advanced dentistry can help patients recover from any stage of tooth decay (the condition that leads to cavity development). However, one of the reasons why cavities are so common is because people don’t always realize how easily they can be prevented, or how hesitating to treat them can lead to more serious tooth infection. Today, we help you get to know cavities better by explaining how to prevent what causes them and how to effectively protect your tooth if one develops. (more…)

How Much Do You Really Know About Veneers?

Over the last couple of decades, porcelain veneers have become an increasingly more popular cosmetic dentistry solution. That’s because they’re not only highly lifelike in their appearance, but also durable against bite pressure and minimally invasive to your healthy tooth structure. Together, the many benefits of porcelain veneers make them as effective at improving your smile as they are at preserving your good oral health. However, before choosing veneers to improve your smile, your dentist will first make sure you know all there is to know about them and what they can do for your healthy teeth. (more…)

Does Gum Contouring Reduce Your Risk of Gum Disease?

For some patients, the appearances of their smiles are affected more by their gums than their teeth. To improve that appearance, many patients can benefit from cosmetic gum contouring, which helps straighten the tissues that frame their smiles. However, your gums play a more important role than just outlining your smile, and properly contouring the tissue offers more than just cosmetic benefits to your smile. With the help of lasers, gum contouring can also significantly reduce your risks of gum-related issues, like gum disease. (more…)

How Tooth Bonding Makes Smile Improvement Easier

When you seek cosmetic dental treatment, improving your smile’s appearance is typically the main focus. However, the comfort and convenience of your treatment are also important, as is the treatment’s impact on your long-term oral health and bite function. For many patients, cosmetic tooth bonding is the optimal treatment option, offering highly lifelike smile improvement results while simplifying the process and minimizing alterations to your teeth. If you want to feel better about your smile’s appearance, then find out if bonding can make the process easier by speaking with your dentist during your next visit. (more…)

What to Do When Teeth-Whitening Won’t Work

When your teeth become stained, your dentist can often erase the blemishes with professional teeth-whitening. In fact, many patients are surprised to find that even stubborn stains can be addressed with a quick and convenient treatment. Sometimes, however, your smile may need more than teeth-whitening to improve it, in which case your dentist can recommend an equally convenient but more effective cosmetic smile improvement. To find the best way to improve your smile’s appearance, schedule a consultation with your dentist to determine the exact nature of your smile’s blemishes. (more…)