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.
Sleep is an important part of your health. It is a chance for your body to rest and rebuild itself in countless ways. However, the way you sleep, or the habits you engage in subconsciously while you sleep, can end up doing more harm than good. This is especially true when it comes to your oral health. There are some common sleep habits that patients perform that can end up ruining their smile over time. Continue reading
When it comes to repairing an area of tooth decay, metal fillings were the treatment of choice for many years. While this type of filling can effectively restore a damaged tooth, amalgam (metal) fillings come with several notable drawbacks. Fortunately, patients can avoid these concerns by choosing composite fillings, a tooth-colored alternative to metal fillings.
When it comes time to get your braces off, every patient anticipates a dazzling and beautiful smile underneath. While you can typically expect the alignment of your teeth to be what you envisioned, the color of your teeth may not be. Many patients are plagued with unsightly white spots after their brackets and bands are removed. While stained or yellowed teeth can often be corrected with teeth whitening, the white spots must be treated differently. Continue reading
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