Keeping your teeth healthy and strong is important for your future dental health. Strong healthy teeth can save you trips to the dentist, dental mishaps, and costly repairs, and allow you to keep your natural teeth for a lifetime rather than have to invest your sweat, blood, and tears in dentures or implants. You know that a proper daily dental hygiene regimen helps prevent these issues, cavities, other dental diseases, and save your teeth. But a very important factor in your dental health equation is your twice yearly dental visits. Along with your oral hygiene, early intervention is key.
Dental emergencies can pop up when you least expect them. Maybe there was a slight pain nagging at the back of your consciousness that finally progressed into a full-blown problem. Maybe you bit into a bagel and your crown fell out. It can be any of a number of things that happens suddenly. That’s why they are called emergencies because they are a sudden, unexpected occurrence that needs immediate attention. If you are faced with a dental emergency, what should you do? Don’t lose your head…or you might lose your tooth.
Have you been considering a smile makeover but you’re not quite sure of the expense, the procedure, what treatment modalities to choose? There is a lot to think about when improving your smile. A smile is a very important thing. Smile improvements will last for years bringing you joy and self-confidence, and according to research, reaping you many other benefits as well. At Lathrop Dental Center, Dr. Lathrop and his staff can help guide you in the right direction. One modality they might recommend is dental veneers. Questions about veneers? We’ll answer them here. (more…)
Does the sound of laser dentistry remind you of Star Wars? The dental field is constantly advancing: new materials, new techniques, shorter procedures, painless dentistry, and advanced technology. Do you know what laser dentistry is and what it can do for you? The word laser is actually an acronym for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation, which is a high-energy beam of light that can be focused to a pinpoint as small as a single wavelength. There are many benefits with laser dentistry.
Have you ever taken a look at a photo of yourself, wishing your smile looked more polished? Are you dealing with small imperfections like chips that make you feel embarrassed for others to see your teeth? Maybe you assume that you need orthodontics to close the spaces in your smile, so you don’t even bother finding out if there are other solutions. When it comes to esthetic issues that require the placement of additional tooth tissue, we encourage you to learn more about dental bonding. This cosmetic treatment just might be the answer you have been looking for to achieve a surprisingly transformed, much more beautiful smile. Find out more about whether it can help you with the following:
Do you feel displeased with the way your smile looks? Many people seek out cosmetic dentistry to make improvements, so they can feel good about the smile they put on display every day. However, some patients feel overwhelmed by the amount of imperfections they wish to address. We often find that these patients assume they will need to access every single treatment we offer, which seems too costly and too time-consuming. Fortunately, we offer smile makeovers to transform your smile. We will carefully create a plan to treat your smile that will help you achieve your goals, while taking your budget and time into consideration. Ready to learn more? Consider the following:
Have you ever found yourself covering up your smile with your hand for fear someone may notice that one thing you just can’t stand about your grin? Perhaps you are suffering from discoloration that you find embarrassing. Maybe you have a chip or two that you think will cause others to judge you. Regardless of the imperfection, anything you are dealing with that damages the esthetic value of your smile is typically something we can improve. Fortunately, we offer a variety of cosmetic dentistry treatments to beautify your smile, from improving minor cosmetic damage to brightening your teeth. Ready to find out if this will work for you? Take the following quiz:
You probably know that orthodontic treatment improves the alignment of your teeth for a more beautiful smile. While this is certainly something to get excited about, patients are often surprised to find out that cosmetic improvement is not the only advantage of saying yes to orthodontics. In fact, saying, “yes” to treatment can have a significant effect on the overall health of your mouth, as well as your ability to maintain a clean smile. Are you starting to wonder how a straighter smile could possibly yield such wonderful benefits? Find out more with the following quiz – you may be surprised!
We know one of the main reasons patients choose to avoid scheduling their dental visits is because it’s just not on the top of their “fun things to do” lists. However, sometimes patients do want to access dental care but worrying about discomfort, feeling uneasy in the chair, and a handful of other concerns may keep them from doing so. If the knowledge that you could visit us and enjoy a relaxing appointment would give you the comfort level you seek to receive the care you need, we encourage you to learn more about sedation dentistry. Think you already know a bit about this excellent solution? Test your knowledge with the following quiz to find out:
Dealing with tooth loss can make you feel a lot of different things: Embarrassment regarding the appearance of your smile, frustration with daily hygiene when food becomes stuck in open spaces, disappointment in your ability to speak articulately, and even exhaustion when it comes to attempting to chew foods successfully. While the immediate ramifications of missing teeth can be a challenge, you do not need to accept them as a fact of life. If you are a patient seeking a stable, beautiful replacement for your missing tooth or teeth, we invite you to learn more about dental implants. You may find that their benefits offer you exactly what you have been looking for to complete your smile.