Did You Know You Can Prevent Tooth Loss?

Tooth loss affects a majority of adults to some degree in their lifetime, which can make it seem inevitable to many people. That assumption is even stronger for people who have family members who have already lost several or all of their teeth. However, like virtually every other chronic dental health issue, tooth loss can often be prevented with an effective, consistently good hygiene routine and schedule of preventive dental visits. That’s because the most frequent causes of tooth loss are preventable themselves, such as severe gum disease. (more…)

Learn Why Sleep Apnea Is a Threat

Sleep apnea is a condition that affects millions of people of all ages, yet can often remain undiagnosed for years before patients begin to suspect there’s a problem. The disorder’s most common form, known as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), is often mistaken for chronic snoring, and therefore, ignored. However, the truth is that undiagnosed sleep apnea can become a serious threat to your overall health, leading to several symptoms that also impact your overall quality of life. Fortunately, your dentist can help you avoid that threat by custom-designing a comfortable, discreet sleep appliance to prevent the causes of OSA. (more…)

Talk to Your Dentist About TMJ Disorder

There are several different factors that account for your bite’s function, and your jaw’s joints (known as TMJs) are among the most important. More formally called temporomandibular joints, your TMJs are the hinges that your lower jaw pivots and moves on. Because of their importance, and their close proximity to your dominant cranial nerves, trouble with your TMJs can lead to a wide range of symptoms and consequences for your oral health. When TMJ disorder develops, the only way to alleviate those symptoms is with help from your dentist. (more…)

Easy Ways to Fix a Chipped Tooth

If your tooth has been chipped for a while now, then it may not really seem like something that needs to be addressed immediately. The problem is that any tooth damage grows worse under the pressure of your bite, and with a chipped tooth, you might notice the gradual change as the chip grows larger. Fortunately, fixing a chipped tooth is often easier than patients realize with a custom cosmetic dental treatment, especially if it’s addressed early. (more…)

How to Makeover a Smile that’s Missing Teeth

Smile makeovers are highly personal treatment plans that are designed to optimize the function and appearance of patients’ smiles according to their unique dental needs. For instance, if your teeth are chipped or worn, then rebuilding their structures will be an important part of your makeover. If you’re missing one or more teeth, then dental implants may play a vital role in rebuilding your smile, as well. With the goal of keeping your smile healthy and beautiful, implants can offer the most comprehensive tooth replacement, and their benefits include helping you avoid more serious dental concerns in the future. (more…)

Why Dentures Perform Better with Dental Implants

For patients who’ve lost several or all of their teeth on one or both of their dental ridges, dentures provide an essential lifeline to restoring their bite’s function and their confidence in their smiles. For instance, consisting of highly lifelike replacement teeth, partial and full dentures fill the gaps in your smile to make things like biting, chewing, and speaking easier. However, even the most lifelike partial and full dentures have a number of limitations, such as the inability to restore stimulation in the jawbone or prevent the bone from changing shape over time. Because of these limitations, dentures often perform better when combined with dental implants, which improve the prosthetic appliances by offering realistic, root-like support for your dentures. (more…)

Dental Implant vs. Dental Bridge for Single Tooth Replacement

While tooth loss naturally poses a number of risks to your oral health, the loss of a single tooth isn’t as much of a hassle as it used to be. That’s because patients have long been able to regain the function of their bite and the confident appearance of their smiles with a lifelike prosthesis, like a dental bridge. Today, many patients can regain even more by choosing a highly lifelike, dental implant-supported dental crown, instead. In addition to restoring your smile’s appearance, a dental implant also replaces the supportive root that was lost along with your tooth. This provides a variety of long-term benefits for your oral health that a conventional dental bridge can’t provide. (more…)

Why Your Dentist May Recommend Sedation

Dental sedation has long been an important part of professional dental care, especially for patients who suffer from heightened anxiety or fear about visiting the dentist. With a wide range of customizable sedation options, dentists can help every patient receive the high-quality dental care their smiles need and deserve. Today, sedation is often recommended even when patients aren’t particularly anxious. For instance, if you require a complex smile makeover, dental implant placement, or consideration for special needs, then your dentist might recommend making sedation a part of your treatment process, as well. (more…)

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…)