Let’s face it; as much as we like to think we can plan our dental visits, there are times in which unexpected dental concerns arise. Teeth can demand emergency treatment after an accidental fall or sports injury, or when an underlying oral health issue suddenly makes itself known. Many patients are unsure as to when emergency dental care is really warranted. In such cases, it is always better to call your dentist to find out. Neglecting a true dental emergency could lead to worsening pain and more costly treatment later on. Continue reading
Gum disease is a serious oral health condition. It involves infected tissues that can destroy your teeth’s supporting structures and even impact your overall health. Gum disease, however, is not restricted to the adult population. While kids are not likely to suffer from an acute or severe onset of gum disease, they are prone to chronic gingivitis. Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease, and it is an indication that the gums are not in ideal health. Considering that the gums are the foundation of your smile, chronic gingivitis in children needs to be on your radar as a parent. Continue reading
Osteoporosis is a bone disease that causes the body to lose too much bone and/or make too little bone. You probably know this condition by its association with aging adults, as it dramatically increases the risk of fracture and falls. But did you know that osteoporosis impacts more than just hips and wrists? It can also affect your dental health.
While your teeth are not actually considered bones, they are anchored into a very important bone in your body: the jawbone. In fact, your jawbone is what encases the roots of your teeth and allows you to chew your food. If the jawbone loses density, it can no longer hold your teeth in a stable position. You may suffer from loose teeth and impaired eating function as a result. In addition, bone loss in the jaw can threaten the appearance and form of your lower face. Patients may suffer from “premature facial aging,” which refers to a hallowed or sunken cheek, chin and jawline. Continue reading
The most standard and common type of dental treatment is a preventive checkup for your teeth every six months. This includes a professional cleaning, evaluation of your gum health, x-rays and other preventive services. However, few of us are lucky enough to only need regular dental exams throughout our lifetime. For the majority of patients, other dental needs will arise, ranging from an emergency visit to repair a cracked tooth and TMJ therapy to cosmetic improvements and teeth replacement. Is your dentist able to do it all in one place? Continue reading
Porcelain veneers are one of the most “attractive” options in cosmetic dentistry. They are used in a wide variety of circumstances. Veneers can improve an unsightly smile you were born with or reverse damage done to your teeth over time. Since cosmetic veneers can be customized in color, size and shape, patients can use veneers to cover up the following types of imperfections: Continue reading
Teeth whitening is the most popular service in cosmetic dentistry. This comes to no surprise considering that professional teeth whitening is incredibly quick, non-invasive, affordable and can produce dramatic improvements within your smile. However, many patients have existing dental crowns, either from teeth that have suffered a prior injury or those that were repaired from decay or infection. Therefore, it is common for patients to wonder what will happen to their crowns (or other dental restorations) if they whiten their teeth.
Will a professional teeth whitening treatment harm a dental crown? The short answer is no. Teeth whitening should not damage, weaken or compromise your existing crowns. However, if you have a porcelain crown, the treatment will not lighten your crown like it does your natural teeth. Porcelain crowns are made to be stain-resistant, so they don’t discolor (or lighten) like your natural teeth. Continue reading
Did you know that the health of your mouth has a dramatic influence on the health of your body? According to Dr. Donald Ratcliffe, chairman of the department of dental medicine at Staten Island University Hospital in New York, “the mouth is a portal into the rest of the body.”
While you may be keeping up your oral hygiene efforts for a brighter smile and fresher breath, you should know that you are getting a deeper level of benefits every time you brush. Research consistently shows a link between oral bacteria and inflammation to other diseases throughout the body. In some cases, it is a cause and effect relationship. But it all cases, if you maintain optimal oral health, you’ll lower your risk for developing serious overall health conditions ranging from heart disease and diabetes to premature birth and arthritis! Here’s a closer look at each: Continue reading
When it comes to dental-related injuries and contact sports, the statistics are staggering. While mouthguards were once only used for boxing or football, they are now increasingly popular in other contact sports such as basketball, lacrosse and more. If your child is an active athlete where a mouth injury could occur, a custom sports mouthguard could be one of the most important pieces of equipment you buy.
Mouthguards are intended to protect kids and adults from chipped teeth, avulsed (knock out) teeth, jaw injury and cheek/lip lacerations. It has even been found that an athletic mouthguard helps to lower the risk for concussion in youth sports! By making the investment in a sports mouthguard, you’ll be protecting your child’s smile as well as protecting your wallet, as dental injuries can be quite costly. Continue reading
Selfies, a term that originated in 2013, have exploded as the one of the most popular trends of our culture. Whether you prefer to post pictures of yourself on social media or privately text your personal snapshot, the overall goal is to capture the most appealing image of yourself. Smartphone filters can only do so much to create that perfect selfie. There’s another cost-effective way to dramatically improve your selfie game, and it’s found at your dental office. Continue reading
It is understandable and quite common to consider cosmetic dentistry as a purely aesthetic solution. This can make it difficult for patients to justify the investment. The truth is, however, cosmetic dentistry improves more than your looks. Whether you want to address discoloration, gaps, chips, irregular bites or crowding, cosmetic procedures can offer the following: Continue reading