While not ever welcome, dental pain is common. In fact, American Family Physician reports that nearly 22 percent of people have experienced dental or oral pain in the last six months. Dental pain is certainly a warning sign that something in your mouth needs attention. However, not every dental situation should be considered a true emergency that warrants immediate treatment. Many patients who have experienced unexpected dental pain or trauma want to know whether they can wait to be seen by a dentist or if an emergency dental visit is in order. Continue reading
A straight, well-aligned smile not only portrays a more attractive appearance, but it also supports the health of your teeth and gums. While you may associate orthodontics with children or young teens, straight teeth matter just as much for adults. Unfortunately, many adults shy away from orthodontic treatment because they are not willing to sacrifice time in metal braces. Wearing metal braces as an adult is less common and less socially accepted, so it can be a real drag on your self-esteem. Not to mention, if your job requires you to be in the public eye, a flashy metal smile may not be in the best interest of your career. Continue reading
Compared to other restorative treatments like bridges and dentures, dental implants undoubtedly require more upfront time and money. However, the return on your investment can far outweigh the initial sacrifice. Because dental implants are surgically placed into the jawbone, they can replicate a natural tooth and solve dental issues better than any other restorative dental treatment. Continue reading
While it is rarely planned or desirable to have a permanent tooth removed, sometimes it is necessary. Tooth extractions may be required in situations when your tooth is too damaged or diseased to be repaired. It can also be recommended for orthodontic reasons or when the wisdom teeth are impacted. Continue reading
Like most serious medical issues, it is always easier to prevent oral cancer than it is to treat it once it has developed. Oral cancer is highly curable when it is caught at an early stage, but it can be deadly if ignored. Routine dental visits and a good understanding of your personal risk factors are your best defense against mouth cancer. Continue reading
You may assume that your routine dental appointment is all about getting your teeth cleaned. However, while the professional teeth cleaning is a vital component, there is much more that goes on during this visit. In fact, your dentist performs a number of evaluations to check the condition of your teeth and gums. When problems are caught early, they can be treated more easily and conservatively.
One of the most common terms you’ll hear during your routine visit is periodontal charting. Continue reading
A root canal, also known as endodontic treatment, is a time-tested procedure that can save a severely infected or diseased tooth. Root canal therapy involves several steps. First, the diseased pulp from the inside of the tooth is removed. Next, the inner tooth is disinfected and the canals of the tooth are shaped and filled with a special material to seal off future infection. Finally, a crown is placed on the tooth to help it regain strength and integrity. This is a procedure that eliminates infection as well as brings the patient out of severe pain. But what happens if you still have pain after your root canal? Continue reading
Congratulations on your engagement! Now it is time to start planning for your big day. We know that dress shopping, flowers and finding a wedding venue is on your to-do list, but don’t forget about your smile. You’ll be in front of your favorite people and left with a lifetime of photographs from this memorable day. There’s really no better time to better your smile! After all, nothing taints a beautiful wedding more than a bride or groom trying to hide their smile due to unsightly teeth.
Flossing is an essential part of your dental hygiene routine. In fact, without flossing in between your teeth each day, you would leave nearly 35% of your tooth’s structure unclean. This gives bacteria, plaque and food debris a chance to accumulate and cause infection and disease within your teeth and gums. Still, there are many people who skip this critical dental care task. For some, it is because the act of flossing is too difficult or frustrating. Continue reading
Extra splashes in the swimming pool can certainly put a smile on your face. But have you ever considered the effects that chlorine can have on your teeth? Whether you are an athletic swimmer or a recreational splasher, spending more than six hours in the pool each week can lead to more than green hair and itchy skin. Frequent exposure to chlorinated water may also cause dental damage.
Enamel erosion is the major concern when it comes to swimming and your smile. While the chemicals in pool water are effective in killing harmful bacteria, they can also lead to enamel loss and stains across your teeth. In fact, “swimmer’s calculus” is the term used to describe brown deposits of tartar that develop on the teeth of those who spend significant amounts of time in the pool. Continue reading