According to recent statistics, approximately 15 percent of Americans suffer from dental anxiety. Dental anxiety, also called dental fear, is a very real condition. While dental anxiety has kept many patients from getting the dental care they need and deserve, it is extremely important that these sufferers know today’s solutions. In fact, a large majority of dentists across the United States now offer sedation dentistry on their menu of services. To accommodate anxious patients even more, there are many dental offices that have created their office environment to feel more like a home or spa than a sterile dental office. Continue reading
While it is easy to see how you’d lose a tooth in a hard fall or if the tooth was severely decayed, it may be harder to understand how gum disease causes tooth loss. The truth is, gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in the United States. What’s even more frightening, the CDC reports that nearly half of the American population has some form of periodontal disease.
Before you panic, it is important to understand that just because you were diagnosed with periodontal disease, doesn’t mean your teeth are about to fall out. There are progressive stages of gum disease. Only at its most advanced, untreated stage does gum disease cause tooth loss. Continue reading
Root canal therapy (or endodontic treatment) is one of the most proven and time-tested methods to save a tooth that is infected. However, no dental or medical procedure is completely foolproof. There are times when the tooth may not heal properly after a root canal, or situations in which the tooth becomes infected or diseased again. If this happens, an endodontic re-treatment is in order. Rest assured that this type procedure is straightforward with a high success rate. Continue reading
Have you ever heard of barodontalgia? If you are regular scuba diver, you are probably familiar with the term. Barodontalgia refers to a toothache caused by an increase in pressure (either at high altitudes or underwater). While a person may be unaware of a small fracture in a tooth or a poorly completed filling on land, once they dive into the depths of the ocean, the dental problem is suddenly quite apparent. In fact, a number of divers have experienced a loose filling after diving or encountered a moderate to severe toothache during their dive experience. Continue reading
Wisdom teeth are known for causing more harm than good. Not only do they fail to add significant functional benefit, but these third set of molars also have a high likelihood of getting impacted, erupting sideways and causing other disruptions within in your smile. This is typically due to the fact that they just don’t have enough jaw space to emerge the correct way. Therefore, wisdom teeth removal is a common procedure for patients between the ages of 16 and 20. Whether you are having your wisdom teeth extracted due to infection or as a preventive measure, the procedure can be intimidating. Here’s what to expect so you can feel more at ease:
There is no doubt about it, teeth grinding is a bad habit. While some people clench or grind their teeth during times of stress, others do it while they sleep. Regardless of what time of day you do it, the consequences of teeth grinding are the same. While you may understand how teeth grinding can damage your teeth, cause headaches or produce sore jaw muscles, did you know that this habit can also alter the shape of your face? Studies show that teeth grinding can cause dramatic changes to the lower portion of a person’s face if it is not treated in a timely manner.
A staggering amount of dental related injuries occur during sports each year. Unfortunately, these accidents aren’t restricted to boxing and football. While it may not be mandatory for your child to wear a mouthguard in his or her sport, it is a wise investment that could save their smile and as well as your wallet. Mouthguards not only help to prevent knocked out teeth, broken teeth and mouth lacerations, but they have also been proven to help prevent concussions.
It is certainly not a procedure everyone has to have done, but root canals are one of the most commonly performed dental treatments available. A root canal is designed to save a severely damaged, infected or decayed tooth from having to be extracted. Root canal therapy is quite straightforward. Despite their bad reputation, there should be nothing to fear or put off. If your dentist has suggested a root canal, here’s what you need to know now:
All tooth stains are not created equal. Tooth discoloration can have different causes and can appear as various colors (grey, yellow, brown, etc.) and patterns. Fortunately, today’s advancements in cosmetic dentistry make it possible to reverse most types of dental stains with professional teeth whitening. However, understanding which type of tooth discoloration you have and what caused it is the best way to help you avoid a dull or dingy smile in the future. Continue reading
That time of year is approaching when dentists across the nation cringe: Halloween. While we can’t make everyone hand out toothbrushes and apples, we can educate you on some tips to follow when it comes to Halloween candy and your smile. Continue reading