It is not uncommon for patients to dread an upcoming dental visit, but many also feel notable anxiety or fear about seeing the dentist. Unfortunately, professional dental care is non-negotiable if you want to retain a healthy and lasting smile. That’s why it is important to recognize the source of your anxiety and let a dentist create a comfortable and relaxed experience for you. Modern dentistry offers a number of techniques to help patients feel at ease while in the dental chair, including sedation dentistry, less invasive treatments, advanced technology and comfort amenities that make you feel like you are at home instead of a sterile, uptight dental office. Continue reading
Modern dentures have come a long way in terms of replicating the look, feel and function of natural teeth. However, if you are choosing traditional dentures (those not anchored by implants), then you will still have certain maintenance tasks to complete in order to retain a comfortable denture fit. One of these requirements is called a denture reline.
A denture reline must be completed by your dentist. It is performed when you begin to lose stability in your denture and/or you find that food is getting trapped underneath your prosthetic teeth. A reline is a process to help you regain the ideal and secure fit you once had. It involves placing a new acrylic based into the denture to account for changing tissues of your gums and mouth. A denture reline can take on various forms depending on your needs, such as a direct reline, processed reline, soft reline and temporary reline. The goal of any type of denture reline is to restore comfort and stability. Continue reading
If you are like most, brushing your teeth every day is like getting dressed or tying your shoes. But what if you’ve been doing it wrong all these years? Just because you have deep experience in brushing your teeth doesn’t mean you’ve necessarily been doing it in the best or correct way.
Here are some common mistakes people make when it comes to brushing. Are you guilty? Continue reading
While not a welcome experience, a woman undergoes a distinct transition in hormones around the age of 45 that is known as menopause. Menopause marks the end of menstrual cycles for females. However, the drastic changes in hormone levels as the body transitions can cause a host of unwanted symptoms, including those that affect the mouth. Any fluctuations in hormones, such as during puberty or pregnancy, can affect the gums and soft tissues that support your teeth. However, menopause can bring on more permanent changes so it is important to pay attention. The condition of your gums has a substantial effect on your oral health as well as your body health.
Crowns are often associated with royalty and fame. This refers to the gold or decorated adornment placed on your head. However, there is another type of crown that only your dentist can award. While dental crowns are used as a way to repair a damaged tooth, they can still represent the beauty and confidence that “real crowns” do.
A dental crown, often called a custom or cosmetic crown, is a special cap that is placed on a damaged or decayed tooth. It covers all visible surfaces of the tooth and helps the tooth regain a natural appearance, comfortable function and ideal health. Without a crown, the tooth’s integrity may be too compromised to perform its duties without pain or even stay in place. A crown can save the day for a damaged and dying tooth! Continue reading
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