Porcelain veneers are one of the most remarkable solutions in cosmetic dentistry. In fact, they can be considered like magic as they hide all types of smile imperfections in just two easy appointments. Veneers are wafer thin shells of porcelain that are placed on the front surface of the visible (front) teeth. They can be customized in color, shape and size to create the smile you’ve always dreamed of.
While porcelain veneers can undoubtedly be a solution for discolored, chipped or missized teeth, can they really be the answer for teeth that are crooked? Cosmetic veneers have often been called “instant orthodontics.” They can absolutely be used as a substitute for orthodontic correction – but only in the right situation. Continue reading
When it comes to adults with ear pain, it is easy to assume that the discomfort is due to an ear infection. However, ear infections are not common in adults. In most adult patients, ear pain is not related to the ear itself, rather it is connected to issues within the temporo-mandibular joint or TMJ. Because of its close proximity to the TMJ, the muscles, nerves and ligaments surrounding the ear canal and middle ear can easily be affected when the jaw joint is irritated. This can result in ear pain that comes and goes as well as radiating discomfort that lingers all day. In most cases, hearing is not impacted, but TMJ-related ear pain is most often worse at night or immediately upon waking. It may also flare up when you yawn or eat. Continue reading
Back-to-school season is upon us. As you scurry around to purchase school supplies and new outfits, don’t forget to prepare your child for optimal oral health. Did you know that poor oral health is a leading reason why kids miss school or fail to perform well? As a parent, there are things you can do to ensure that the condition of your child’s teeth doesn’t threaten their success at school this year. Continue reading
When it comes to straightening your teeth with Invisalign, the cosmetic appeal of wearing clear aligners versus metal brackets is certainly one of the most notable advantages. However, its removable design is a benefit that both patients and dentists appreciate. While it is convenient to be able to remove the Invisalign aligners for eating a meal or enjoying a special event, it is equally valued when it comes to removing them for brushing and flossing. Continue reading
Most dental issues can be avoided with diligent oral hygiene and routine dental visits. However, not all dental issues are preventable. Just like any part of the body, your smile can suffer unexpected trauma. While never welcome, dental emergencies can and do occur. Do you know what to do if you or your child experiences a dental emergency?
Never ignore an urgent dental concern. While you may think you are fine to push through a toothache or wait until your next dental appointment to address a chipped tooth, you may be setting yourself up for worsening pain and more invasive (and costly) treatment. Always seek emergency dental care promptly! Continue reading
We all want to retain a brilliant white smile. However, teeth don’t get whiter over time. In fact, due to lifestyle habits and the natural aging process, teeth become yellowed or stained if there is no intervention. Understanding the facts about tooth stains can help you better manage the color of your smile and even extend your professional teeth whitening results. Continue reading
Your wisdom teeth are the third and final set of molars to emerge. Problem is, they don’t always emerge without complication. Due to a lack of jaw space, it is common for the wisdom teeth to grow in sideways, partially erupt or become impacted below the gum line.
Dentists are quick to remove the wisdom teeth when they are displaying signs of trouble. While each tooth plays an important role in how we chew and speak, the wisdom teeth don’t offer significant functional benefits. In short, wisdom teeth are known for causing more harm than good. In order to avoid the uncomfortable consequences of misbehaving wisdom teeth, it is best to just extract them early on. Wisdom teeth removal is commonly performed between the ages of 17 and 25. At this stage, the roots of the teeth are still forming and recovery can be much quicker than it would be if you wait until later in adulthood. Continue reading
Dental crowns are one of the most common ways to restore a damaged tooth. Crowns “cap” all surfaces of a tooth that has lost too much structure to be restored with a simple dental filling. This can include teeth that are severely decayed, infected or broken. Most modern crowns are fabricated with strong porcelain, a durable material that can be customized in color, size and shape.
While most crowns can last five to fifteen years with proper care, its overall lifespan is determined by how well the crown was made and cemented to the affected tooth. Regardless, dental crowns are not exempt from damage, failure or problems from time to time. Just like any other dental problem, it is important to recognize the signs of crown failure early so that you can get prompt treatment at your dentist. Continue reading
According to the American Sleep Association, teeth grinding (or bruxism) affects 10% of Americans adults and as many as 15% of American children. While this oral habit can occur during any time of day, nocturnal teeth grinding is considered the most common sleep disorder. Unfortunately, nighttime bruxism is more difficult to identify, yet it has the most serious consequences within your smile and your overall health.
Once you have determined that you grind your teeth while you sleep, often realized by your bed partner first, you’ll need to take some steps to prevent this habit going forward. Teeth grinding is not a habit you should ignore. Continue reading
Tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the human body. This doesn’t mean it is invincible. Your teeth can break, chip or crack under certain pressures. While decay and infection can weaken a tooth, even a strong, healthy tooth can crack during a bad fall or when biting down on something too hard. It is very possible to crack a tooth without immediately realizing you’ve done it. This makes it highly important to know the warning signs of a cracked tooth.
Tooth Cracks Always Need Treatment
A cracked tooth should never be taken lightly. When the outer layers of the tooth are compromised, the entire tooth is left vulnerable to decay, infection and even tooth loss. The good news is that when tooth cracks are caught early, they can be treated conservatively in most cases. A simple dental bonding or composite filling procedure can restore the health and integrity of a cracked tooth. For more serious tooth cracks, a dental crown may be used to remedy the tooth.