You should certainly hope to avoid tooth decay that makes a root canal a necessary treatment. Your dentist will only use a root canal when there is an issue with the interior of your tooth. When this occurs, the tooth’s living tissue is put in jeopardy, and you can feel discomfort or sensitivity. If the problem goes untreated, you could suffer problems so severe that your tooth is lost! You should understand that a root canal treatment is safe, and protects you against potentially serious oral health complications. Thanks to the use of anesthetic, your dentist can also perform this procedure without causing you undue discomfort. (more…)
There are several options for restoring a smile that’s cosmetically marred or infected with disease. With today’s advanced dental techniques and materials, your new smile can look and function as though it were your natural one. However, preventing dental issues from developing in the first place is the most effective method of prolonging your smile’s shelf-life. To help improve your dental hygiene routine’s power to prevent problems, we explain why regular professional dental cleanings are important, and what preventive dental care entails. (more…)
Gum disease affects a majority of American adults to varying degrees, from minor gingivitis to severe periodontitis. For many patients, it is also a leading factor behind tooth loss, as well as heightened risks of chronic systemic issues, like heart disease. The good news is that gum disease is also highly preventable, and for patients who’ve already developed gingivitis, it is also highly controllable. Even if you do develop the condition, you can successfully prevent the damage of gum disease to your smile and the increased threat to the rest of your overall health. (more…)
Often, when we speak to patients about misalignment, they assume metal braces are the only option for correcting their smile. In reality, we can offer an alternative that is actually practically invisible. How do clear braces work?
Perhaps you have a pretty good sense that porcelain veneers are the best of the best when you are looking for a way to transition your smile from esthetically damaged or just “okay” to absolutely exquisite. While on the surface, this sounds wonderful if you need serious assistance for your smile, that doesn’t really help if you’re wondering exactly what makes veneers so great and sets them apart from other treatments. Not to worry! We can explain a few unique advantages, so you better understand.
In the dental care world, fluoride is one of those things that seems to promote a lot of confusion and rumors. From our perspective, whether or not you should use it is a very simple thing to figure out (you should and for good reasons that we will share with you). However, from reading things online to talking to friends and even overhearing things at the drugstore, you might not feel certain about this. Consider our advice, so you know what to do.
Do you keep a toothbrush and toothpaste in your desk drawer at work? If not, you might be surprised to learn that there are actually some compelling reasons to keep dental hygiene items on hand throughout the work day. Never really considered it? Well, now is as good a time as ever to think through our suggestions (and to go ahead and bring those items along with you soon).
Have you had a hunch for a while that Invisalign treatment may provide you with the care you need? However, are you concerned that the bits of information you’ve been able to pick up here and there regarding your candidacy aren’t necessarily very reliable? Rather than spending more time trying to figure this out at home, we suggest you step your way through our quiz to give you a solid start on your journey toward a better looking, beautifully aligned smile.
As April winds down, we feel it is important to cover a topic that can affect absolutely anyone: Facial injuries. If you didn’t already know, this is National Facial Protection Month. It’s a topic that receives national recognition because injuries to your face and head are something you can avoid, that can cause serious trauma, and that you might not think about very often. With some focused, helpful fast facts, we offer some preventive information you may wish to put into use.
When you travel, you might take on a new mindset. In general, it’s one of free spiritedness, which allows you to unwind, forget about the daily grind, and just enjoy yourself. While this is all well and good, we encourage you to remember to adhere to the simplest of essentials, so you don’t sabotage the work you put into your dental hygiene throughout the year during a single vacation.