When a smile starts to dim, some people may try to revive it with whitening strips from the drug store, or non-prescription gels and rinses. These methods usually contain low doses of ingredients that lighten stains, or polish the teeth, or both, to give a whiter appearance. Not everyone is satisfied with these over-the-counter results, and we are happy to discuss a range of teeth whitening options. These are some factors that help determine if professional tooth whitening is the best option for you: (more…)
What happens when you chip a tooth? What if your tooth develops a cavity or possibly a dental infection/abscess? In order to return your tooth to optimal function and appearance we may recommend restorative treatments. We offer an array of options for helping you enjoy a whole and healthy smile.
Do you feel anxious about seeing the dentist? If so, you may be one of the estimate 8-10% of the population who have dental anxiety. Avoiding even minor dental care as a result of anxiety can increase the risk of poor oral health. With sedation dentistry, we can help you remain calm and relaxed throughout a procedure. What is sedation dentistry?
Estimates reveal that over ten million people in the United States suffer from a serious sleep disorder. What is sleep apnea? Obstructive sleep apnea (also known as OSA) can cause difficulty breathing during sleep and cause the patient to wake up multiple times a night, even if they have no memory of this. Fortunately, there are treatment options to help you finally obtain a good night’s rest.
Everything that you eat will be absorbed by your body, and used as efficiently as possible. Eating foods that are unhealthy, or lacking in nutrients, can have a negative impact on your health in several ways. A balance of certain minerals and nutrients should be ingested every day to prevent oral diseases, and improve your dental health. You should do your best to avoid “unhealthy” foods and snacks that are full of sugar because they are more likely to cause tooth decay. (more…)
Cavities are the most commonly diagnosed dental ailment today, and are quite simple to repair in most cases. Years ago, metal (or amalgam) fillings were the gold standard when restoring a tooth affected by tooth decay; but with modern advancements, many dentists now prefer tooth-colored fillings for their unique bonding properties, natural aesthetics, and amazing strength. There are several differences between the two types of fillings, and both kinds are still used today. Test your knowledge with our simple quiz. (more…)
Brushing and flossing your teeth daily are absolutely vital for maintaining optimal oral health, but you should ensure that you are performing these tasks correctly. By repeatedly practicing incorrect hygiene techniques, you may be causing harm to your mouth. Regular examination of your routine can help determine if there is any room for improvement; even if you assume your techniques are perfect. Following your dentist’s advice on preventive care regimens will ensure that you always maintain a happy and healthy smile. (more…)
Emergencies are not only extremely inconvenient; they often require immediate treatment from a medical professional. Are you confident that you would correctly handle an emergency situation involving your mouth? Do you know what steps to take that could help prevent a disaster? A dental emergency can be any type of trauma or extreme discomfort involving your oral structures, including your teeth, jaw, and throat. Visiting your dentist may be the best decision to make during a confusing and possibly painful situation. (more…)
If you are missing teeth due to injury, dental disease, or other complication, finding ways to fill in those gaps may be a main priority. Returning your smile to its youthful vigor can increase self-confidence and improve your overall sense of well-being. There are several options to replace missing teeth, while simultaneously creating a beautiful appearance. Dental implants are constantly growing in popularity because they are extremely natural-looking, long-lasting, and restore natural use to your mouth that you may have lost. (more…)
You probably don’t enjoy having crooked teeth, but as an adult, you may have procrastinated thus far when it comes to correcting them. Your hesitation is understandable; image-conscious adults looking to improve their smiles may not be too keen on wearing metal brackets and wires on their teeth for a couple of years. However, what if you could enjoy the confidence of a straight smile without enduring the possible embarrassment of wearing metal braces as an adult? With Invisalign® clear braces, you can! (more…)