3 Reasons Dental Sedation Is Common

Dental health issues like tooth infection and damage, gum disease, and more directly threaten your oral health. However, hesitating to seek treatment for such issues is the reason why they are such a serious threat for some patients, but not others. This is especially the case for patients who exhibit dental phobia, or a strong fear of visiting the dentist or sitting in the dentist’s chair. Fortunately, dental sedation helps most fearful patients relax and address their dental health issues as soon as possible. However, there are reasons to choose dental sedation even if you don’t suffer from a phobia.   (more…)

Gum Disease and Tooth Loss

If your dentist has ever warned you about gum disease, then he’s probably warned you that it’s the leading cause of adult tooth loss. The progressive condition systematically destroys your gums and jawbone, and for many patients, that damage is extensive by the time they seek treatment. Today, we take a closer look at gum disease and tooth loss, including how you can preserve your smile by preventing or treating gum disease before and after you lose one or more teeth. (more…)

A Few Questions About Bite Equilibration

Balancing your bite is an important part of your oral health, and it takes several different aspects of your smile to do it properly. For instance, your jawbone must be even, your jaw joints must work together, and all of your teeth must be properly aligned for your bite to be effectively balanced. When any one or more of these are not properly aligned, it can throw your bite off balance entirely, placing the rest of your oral health at risk, as well. (more…)

Can Your Dentist Help You Sleep Better?

You usually tell your dentist when something seems amiss with your oral health, like a toothache or bleeding gums. Yet, it may not occur to you to speak with your dentist about your snoring habit, or whether or not it might indicate a more serious sleep disorder. Nevertheless, millions of patients who snore chronically or suffer from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) have found relief and better sleep with help from their dentists. That’s because such issues typically originate with your oral tissues, and as an expert in such tissues, your dentist can provide the most appropriate solution. (more…)

What It Means to Have TMJ Disorder

Among the many different issues that can affect your dental health, things like tooth decay and gum disease are most common. That’s because they develop from oral bacteria, which naturally inhabit your mouth. Other issues, however, can develop from more complex reasons, such as jaw dysfunctions like TMJ disorder. When such a disorder develops, however, its presence can become glaringly obvious in the form of aches, pains, bite problems, and a host of other dental issues. (more…)

How High Are Your Risks of Tooth Loss?

Tooth loss affects a lot of people, especially as they age, but it doesn’t have to be an inevitable occurrence. In fact, the most common causes of tooth loss are preventable, and patients who are at high risk of losing teeth can often lower those risks with better hygiene and dental care. To determine your risks of tooth loss, be sure to stick to a regular schedule of preventive checkup and cleaning visits. To lower those risks, don’t hesitate to seek appropriate treatment as soon as possible.   (more…)

What May Be Causing Your Toothache

Not everyone visits their dentist when a toothache strikes because they can often find some form of relief with an over-the-counter pain reliever or other home remedy. However, most people will have to deal with the pain again in the near future because such remedies only address the immediate discomfort. A toothache doesn’t occur for no reason, and usually, the only way to permanently relieve it is to address the cause behind it. Otherwise, you may find your toothache and the state of your tooth growing increasingly worse over time. (more…)

Things to Know if You Need Root Canal Therapy

When you need root canal therapy, the reason for it can differ according to your specific dental health needs. For instance, your tooth may have been decaying for quite some time and now it has reached the pulp, or your tooth might be severely damaged and vulnerable to internal infection. In any case, the fact that you need root canal therapy means that your tooth may be in serious jeopardy, and hesitating to undergo treatment could spell even more trouble for your oral health. (more…)

Hygiene’s Role in Preventing Cavities

You know that good hygiene is important to keeping your smile healthy. But, if you’ve ever had a cavity (or know someone who has despite their good hygiene), then you might wonder if good hygiene really is effective at protecting your smile. The truth is that, combined with regular preventive dental care, good hygiene is paramount to preventing cavities. It only takes one weak link in your routine for oral bacteria to slip past it and lead to a cavity. (more…)

Why Your Smile Might Appreciate Veneers

Being proud of their smiles is something that everyone should be able to do. Unfortunately, there are often times when cosmetic issues like stains, chips, spaces, and more can detract from that pride. For many patients, improving those issues is simple, especially with the help of one or more custom-designed, highly lifelike porcelain veneers. If you need a cosmetic improvement for your smile, then porcelain veneers can be your smile’s best answer. (more…)