Restoring A Tooth After A Cavity Has Formed

After a cavity forms, your tooth will experience permanent damage. The key to preventing this permanent destruction of your enamel is to avoid the onset of dental decay. Unfortunately, many people will have at least one cavity in their lifetime, at which point they will require restorative dental work. At our Maple Grove, MN dental office, we are prepared to take care of a patient’s tooth while minimizing changes to its structure and preserving its appearance. Depending on the size of your cavity, we can place either a dental filling or a dental crown. Both can imitate healthy enamel and avoid unwanted attention. Because of this, you can leave treatment with the confidence that your restored tooth can still fit in with your smile, and that you can safely bite and chew without hurting it. (more…)

Why Am I Grinding And Clenching My Jaw While I Sleep?

If you keep waking up with sore and sensitive teeth, or feelings of stiffness and pain in your jaw, it can be because you are unconsciously grinding or clenching your teeth as you sleep. People who experience this issue, known as bruxism, have to worry about more than just an uncomfortable start to their day, as the friction from grinding and chewing can lead to serious dental damage! Our Maple Grove, MN dental office can help you when bruxism starts to affect your quality of life. We can provide a custom oral guard that you wear while you sleep to keep your teeth separated and safe. We can also recommend oral appliance therapy for those who have jaw pain and stiffness, headaches, and other issues connected to TMJ disorder, an issue that is often connected to bruxism. (more…)

Bring Us Your Questions About Cosmetic Dentistry

When you look at your smile in the mirror, or when you study it in pictures, you may see a flaw, or several flaws, that you feel hurts your overall appearance. Even minor problems with the shape, size, and color of teeth can draw unwanted attention and throw off the quality of your smile. You may wish to make certain changes to the way you look, but your lack of information on cosmetic dentistry can make it difficult to really explore your options. At our Elm Creek, MN dentist’s office, patients who are bothered by the way they look can learn about the different procedures we offer. With the right treatment, we can help you see significant improvements that only require as little as one procedure! (more…)

How Scheduled Teeth Cleanings Keep Your Smile In Good Health

Are you doing a good job keeping your smile clean? When you think about your commitment to oral hygiene, you should consider more than just how effective your brushing and flossing routine might be. Good habits are certainly important, but you should also take advantage of the preventive services provided during routine dental exams. At our Maple Grove, MN dentist’s office, we provide consistent teeth cleanings and dental exams to help our patients remain free of problems with tooth decay, gum disease, and other issues. Teeth cleanings play a significant role in protecting your smile because they remove tartar deposits, something that you cannot do one your own. (more…)

What Gum Contouring Does To Improve Your Smile

While many cosmetic dental procedures focus on changing the shape and size of your teeth, a gum contouring treatment has a different focus. For people whose gum tissues look bulky, uneven, or awkward in some other way, this procedure can carefully remove tissues that negatively affect the way you look. Through gum contouring, your Maple Grove, MN dentist can make your teeth appear longer, or do work so that your teeth no longer seem “squat” or uneven. While this can be beneficial on its own, it is also something you can do in addition to another cosmetic procedure in order to make significant changes. (more…)

3 Tips To Help You Keep Your Smile Free Of Cavities

Is your current oral hygiene routine going to keep you completely free of cavities? When tooth decay becomes a problem, it makes treatment from your dentist necessary, as the damage done by a cavity is permanent. To avoid dental decay, you should have a daily routine in place that focuses on both cleaning your smile and limiting your intake of sugar. If you have had problems with tooth decay in the recent past, or if you just want to make sure you remain safe from trouble that requires restorative dental work, a review and an adjustment of your routine can help. (more…)

Growing Concerned About TMJ Disorder? Tell Your Dentist!

Do your jaw joints frequently make popping or clicking noises when you speak or eat? Has chronic pain and stiffness started to affect your jaw and face? These issues can be common among people with TMJ disorder. Unfortunately, they are not the only problems you face if this affects you! In addition to having difficulty moving your jaw comfortably, you can experience an increase in headaches, and you can even struggle with a teeth grinding habit at night that puts your teeth at risk. Our Maple Grove, MN dentist’s office is prepared to help you deal with TMJ disorder. In addition to easing tension and joint problems, we can recommend treatment options if teeth grinding has negatively affected your smile. (more…)

You Can Receive A Tooth Filling That Matches Your Enamel

What will it take to preserve your smile if you have a cavity? If your dentist has to perform restorative dental work to address decay, will your appearance change? People can worry about the process of cavity treatment itself as well as its aftermath, as they may assume that metal fillings and crowns are all that are available to them. Our Maple Grove, MN dentist’s office is prepared to treat a cavity with a restoration that imitates your healthy enamel. A tooth-colored filling will protect a tooth so that you can still safely put pressure on it when you bite while leaving its appearance unchanged. The substance used can actually bond directly to your enamel to provide long-term support. (more…)

Learn What Options Are Available If You Want Whiter Teeth

Smiling with confidence can be difficult for someone embarrassed by teeth stains. The frustrating truth is that stains can build up over time even when you do a good job protecting yourself against the formation of cavities. With so many popular foods and drinks capable of causing discoloration, avoiding this issue can be difficult, and it can also be a struggle to remove stains with store bought products. Fortunately, you can see meaningful results through a professional whitening procedure! At our Maple Grove, MN dentist’s office, we can discuss two different whitening treatment options for patients. One option is to have your smile whitened in our office with a process we can complete in one appointment. The other option gives you a custom kit from your dentist that you take home and use at your convenience! (more…)

Where Root Canal Therapy Fits Into Cavity Treatment

Do you need root canal therapy for your cavity? In some cases, it is necessary to schedule this procedure for dental decay. However, in other circumstances it will not be needed. The condition of your tooth will determine what our Maple Grove, MN dentist’s office recommends. Root canals are performed on teeth that have internal issues. If a cavity has too much time to develop, bacteria will infiltrate the pulp and attack the living tissues within. Fortunately, root canal therapy can stop these microbes from spreading further and put an end to pain or sensitivity issues that you have. Once this work is done, our practice can restore your tooth with a custom dental crown. You can avoid problems that demand root canal therapy when you schedule regular dental exams. During routine visits, your dentist will look for early signs of decay. When cavities are caught in time, treatment with a dental filling can take care of your smile before more involved care is required. (more…)