Tooth pain, more commonly referred to as a toothache, is one of the most underrated and disruptive types of discomfort. While toothaches can vary in severity, they can make it difficult to eat, sleep or even concentrate until the pain goes away. Unfortunately, toothaches rarely go away on their own so you are only hurting yourself (and possibly your wallet) if you neglect or put off going to the dentist.
Regardless of your age or which tooth is affected, tooth pain treatment should be based on its cause. Proper dental x-rays and a trained dentist can accurately determine the reason for your toothache, but here are seven of the most common reasons that your smile may be crying out for help: Continue reading
While children get excited about a loose or “wiggly” tooth, adults don’t have the same response. Your adult or permanent teeth are the only set you get for the rest of your life. Therefore, it is understandable that a loose tooth as an adult can trigger fear and anxiety that the tooth is going to be lost for good. Fortunately, if you act promptly, your dentist may be able to salvage your loose tooth. If your tooth cannot be saved, don’t worry. Most patients qualify for a replacement tooth in the form of an implant or bridge. Continue reading
Are you engaged to be married? Congratulations! Your mind is likely swarming with decisions and tasks that need to get done before your big day. However, as you select your venue and nail down your florist, don’t forget about the appearance of your smile. Dental aesthetics are a common concern for many brides (and grooms). Not only do you want to look beautiful on your special day, but you’ll be staring at pictures of your wedding for years to come. What would help you smile more confidently as you walk down the aisle? Continue reading
Invisalign has revolutionized the way teens and adults straighten their teeth. With its smooth clear thermoplastic design, the aligners offer remarkable advantages over traditional braces in terms of aesthetics as well as comfort. However, nearly every oral appliance takes some getting used to. In doing so, the tender tissues of your mouth can become sore and irritated. With Invisalign, this is minimal and very temporary. Patients typically experience discomfort only when they are changing out their aligners for a new set, or every couple of weeks. While it is important to wear your new aligners as much as possible during those first 48 hours, it can be hard to push through that initial discomfort. Continue reading
We live in a modern, fast-paced society where we no longer need an actual bank, gym or even grocery store to carry out our daily tasks and agenda. With the click of a button we can deposit checks into our banking account, follow a fitness trainer online or even have our weekly groceries delivered to our doorstep. While these advancements have undoubtedly made life easier, there is always a line that shouldn’t be crossed. One of the latest trends in dentistry is “mail-order appliances.” By just typing in some personal information on your computer, you can get your nightguard or snoring appliance in the mail within a few days or weeks. Not only is it cheaper, but you don’t have to physically go see your dentist to address your nighttime dental habits. Seems like a win, right? Wrong! Continue reading
Root canal therapy is one of the most common, time-tested treatments in dentistry. However, many patients have an unwarranted fear of root canals and don’t fully understand the procedure or its remarkable benefits.
Let’s start with tooth pain. If you are in need of a root canal, there is a high likelihood you are also experiencing dental pain, which can be one of the most intense feelings of pain you’ll ever endure. Tooth pain can interrupt your sleep, your eating and your ability to concentrate. However, if the discomfort is coming from inside your tooth, your daily dose of Ibuprofen will only temporarily mask the pain. A root canal is the only way to permanently relieve your pain, as well as save your tooth! Continue reading
Wisdom teeth removal is one of the most common types of oral surgery. It involves extracting the third set of molars in an effort to prevent or alleviate impaction or other dental concerns due to lack of jaw space. Wisdom teeth removal is typically performed between the ages of 17 and 25. While the procedures is straightforward with very little risk involved, many patients want to know what to expect when they return home after this oral surgery. Continue reading
Piercings may seem like a great way to express yourself or compliment your style, but when piercings involve your mouth, they bring serious risks to your dental health and overall health. Oral piercings can involve lip rings, tongue bars and any type of metal or jewelry pierced through the tissues of the mouth. Not only do oral piercings interfere with your everyday dental functions, but they can also be a breeding ground for bacteria and infection. Continue reading
For those that have lost all or most of their natural teeth, dentures can provide a new lease on a beautiful and functional smile. With today’s modern materials and designs, removable dentures are more comfortable and natural-looking than ever before. However, don’t make the mistake of assuming your dentures don’t need special care. Just like your real teeth, dentures demand a certain level of cleaning and care to retain their condition. Remember that taking care of your dentures supports your oral health, which in turn protects your overall health! Continue reading
Did you know that oral cancer affects more people now than any point in history? This can largely be contributed to a recently discovered “new cause” of oral cancer and subsequent different demographic group than what we have seen in past decades.
Oral cancer can be found in any area of your oral cavity, including the tongue, cheeks, lips, sinuses, throat, teeth, gums, roof of the mouth or below your tongue. It typically presents itself as a bump, sore or lesion that does not go away on its own. Oral cancer has been linked to following “traditional” risk factors: Continue reading