What Causes Locked Jaw?

Unless you have tetanus, your jaw’s tendency to lock up and remain immovable for several moments is likely caused by a dysfunction in your jaw’s joints, known as TMJs (temporomandibular joints). The open-and-close motion of your jaw hinges on these joints, and when they’re not working properly, neither will your bite’s function. If you experience a locked, painful, or popping jaw, then the only way to find relief from it may be with personalized TMJ treatment from your dentist. (more…)

How Your Dentist Decides if Tooth Extraction Is a Good Idea

The good news about tooth extraction is that your dentist only recommends it when absolutely necessary. Yet, how does your dentist decide when tooth extraction is a good idea? Like all dental treatments, everyone’s reasons for requiring tooth extraction are different. However, the common factor is the fact that no cosmetic or restorative treatment can save or restore the tooth. Today, we examine three common cases when extracting a tooth is the best way for your dentist to restore your smile’s good health. (more…)

3 Times When a Crown Is Your Best Option

One of the reasons why modern dental crowns are so popular is because they offer comprehensive results with a lifelike cosmetic finish. However, they’re also frequently recommended because they can address a wide variety of concerns with the health and integrity of your tooth. With the ability to completely cap your compromised tooth, a dental crown can simultaneously strengthen it, improve its appearance, and restore your bite’s full, healthy function. To help you determine if a crown is your best option, we look at three instances in which a dental crown isn’t just necessary, but also highly beneficial for your smile. (more…)

Is There a Cosmetic Treatment for Cavities?

Cavities affect almost everybody at some point, which is why treating them has always been an important part of dental care. However, for centuries, that treatment involved materials such as metal that left a noticeable impact on the tooth following treatment. Today, most dental treatments have some cosmetic aspect, focusing on your smile’s appearance as much as its health and function. For instance, tooth-colored fillings, which are made from lifelike, biocompatible resin, can effectively fill a cavity and prevent the tooth from becoming infected again. The fillings also blend in discreetly with the healthy appearance of your natural tooth structure. (more…)

Why Gum Disease Is About More than Oral Health

When your dentist warns you about gum disease, the most prominent warnings usually center on the effects that the condition can have on your oral health. For instance, chronic inflammation is a signature characteristic of gum disease, and left unchecked, it can destroy your gum tissues and jawbone structure. As a result, the disease is the leading cause of tooth loss among adults in the U.S. However, the dangers of untreated gum disease and the inflammation it causes go beyond just your oral health. In many cases, it can also be an influential factor in your risks of other inflammatory diseases. (more…)

3 Things Dental Checkups Help You Avoid

Dental checkup appointments are an essential part of keeping your smile healthy for several different reasons. For instance, your visits include professionally cleaning away harmful plaque and tartar deposits from your teeth and gums to prevent the development of dental disease. Your visits also include thorough examinations by your dentist, which can often include the use of advanced digital imaging equipment for the most precise and accurate diagnoses. By sticking to a consistent routine of dental checkups, your dentist can help you avoid a number of serious dental concerns, and therefore, the extensive treatments that are required to address them. (more…)

More Questions for Your Dentist About Implants

For patients who have to deal with tooth loss, dental implants are often the most comprehensive solution. Designed to mimic the functions of lost teeth roots, implants are inserted into the jawbone and utilized to support a dental crown, bridge, or denture, depending on how many teeth you’ve lost. However, not everyone realizes the multitude of advantages they can offer their oral health, so today, we examine a few questions you should ask your dentist about modern dental implants. (more…)

Why Porcelain Veneers Look So Lifelike

Unless your only smile concern is stained teeth, improving its appearance may seem like a challenge. For many patients, that challenge is made much simpler and the process much more effective with the help of one or more porcelain veneers. However, simplified smile improvement isn’t the only reason why veneers are so popular. The main reason patients choose veneers is because the results of their treatment are highly lifelike, offering dramatic cosmetic improvement thanks to advanced technology and the biocompatibility of dental porcelain. (more…)

Tips to Reduce Your Risks of Toothaches

Toothaches are so common that many people think they’re just a routine annoyance. Usually, however, the discomfort is the result from something more serious, like a cavity or the recession of your gum tissues. While you might not immediately realize that toothaches are preventable, you may recognize that the common causes of it are, as long as you stick to a consistent schedule of good hygiene practices and preventive dentistry visits. Today, we take a look at how you can reduce your risks of toothaches by successfully preventing the most common causes behind them. (more…)

Do You Need Root Canal Treatment? Here’s How to Tell

The thing about your dental health is that, even though symptoms like toothaches are common and often obvious, the reasons behind them and appropriate treatment options are not always as clear. For instance, if you have a severe toothache, you may not realize that you need root canal therapy, and hesitating could lead to the loss or extraction of your tooth. Likewise, if you believe that you need root canal treatment, you may actually still have time to save your tooth with a less invasive filling, unless you hesitate to seek treatment. (more…)