Teeth whitening is the most popular service in cosmetic dentistry. This comes to no surprise considering that professional teeth whitening is incredibly quick, non-invasive, affordable and can produce dramatic improvements within your smile. However, many patients have existing dental crowns, either from teeth that have suffered a prior injury or those that were repaired from decay or infection. Therefore, it is common for patients to wonder what will happen to their crowns (or other dental restorations) if they whiten their teeth.
Will a professional teeth whitening treatment harm a dental crown? The short answer is no. Teeth whitening should not damage, weaken or compromise your existing crowns. However, if you have a porcelain crown, the treatment will not lighten your crown like it does your natural teeth. Porcelain crowns are made to be stain-resistant, so they don’t discolor (or lighten) like your natural teeth. Continue reading
Did you know that the health of your mouth has a dramatic influence on the health of your body? According to Dr. Donald Ratcliffe, chairman of the department of dental medicine at Staten Island University Hospital in New York, “the mouth is a portal into the rest of the body.”
While you may be keeping up your oral hygiene efforts for a brighter smile and fresher breath, you should know that you are getting a deeper level of benefits every time you brush. Research consistently shows a link between oral bacteria and inflammation to other diseases throughout the body. In some cases, it is a cause and effect relationship. But it all cases, if you maintain optimal oral health, you’ll lower your risk for developing serious overall health conditions ranging from heart disease and diabetes to premature birth and arthritis! Here’s a closer look at each: Continue reading
When it comes to dental-related injuries and contact sports, the statistics are staggering. While mouthguards were once only used for boxing or football, they are now increasingly popular in other contact sports such as basketball, lacrosse and more. If your child is an active athlete where a mouth injury could occur, a custom sports mouthguard could be one of the most important pieces of equipment you buy.
Mouthguards are intended to protect kids and adults from chipped teeth, avulsed (knock out) teeth, jaw injury and cheek/lip lacerations. It has even been found that an athletic mouthguard helps to lower the risk for concussion in youth sports! By making the investment in a sports mouthguard, you’ll be protecting your child’s smile as well as protecting your wallet, as dental injuries can be quite costly. Continue reading
Selfies, a term that originated in 2013, have exploded as the one of the most popular trends of our culture. Whether you prefer to post pictures of yourself on social media or privately text your personal snapshot, the overall goal is to capture the most appealing image of yourself. Smartphone filters can only do so much to create that perfect selfie. There’s another cost-effective way to dramatically improve your selfie game, and it’s found at your dental office. Continue reading
It is understandable and quite common to consider cosmetic dentistry as a purely aesthetic solution. This can make it difficult for patients to justify the investment. The truth is, however, cosmetic dentistry improves more than your looks. Whether you want to address discoloration, gaps, chips, irregular bites or crowding, cosmetic procedures can offer the following: Continue reading
Taking care of your teeth and gums is important at every stage of life, whether you are a child or senior adult. However, there are unique sets of challenges you’ll face at every age. When it comes to the older population or elderly, it is common to battle the following: Continue reading
If you’re feeling numbness in your teeth or gums, don’t ignore it. In fact, you should see a dentist sooner rather than later. While your foot may “go to sleep” or feel numb after sitting on it for too long, numbness in your mouth is never normal. You may not realize it, but your teeth are alive. Just like other parts of your body, they contain nerves and blood vessels that keep them healthy. A loss of feeling or sensation in your gums or teeth is an indication that the tooth is no longer vital. Continue reading
If you’ve just whitened your teeth, either professionally or with over-the-counter products, you are probably proud of your new smile. After all, white teeth can improve your self-esteem, make you look younger and even help you get a promotion at work. However, while you are basking in the brilliance of your recently whitened smile, it is important to stay on guard against the elements and habits that yellowed your teeth in the first place. Unless you’ve invested in porcelain veneers, your teeth whitening treatment is not permanent. But you can certainly prolong your results if you know how to defend them going forward. Continue reading
Getting dental x-rays is an important component of your preventive dental care plan. Dental imaging has come a long way in past decades. Instead of traditional x-ray film, most modern dental offices offer digital imaging, which is more comfortable, safer and highly efficient. While many patients assume x-rays are just for spotting cavities, they actually reveal a whole lot more about your oral health. X-rays show areas below your gum line and tell us things that can’t be viewed with the naked eye. Continue reading
Ear infections are more common in kids than adults. However, if you’re experiencing ear pain in your later years, you may understandably assume it is caused by an ear infection. While this could certainly be the case, your pain may not be coming from your ear at all. In fact, your ear pain could actually be a malfunction in your dental health, specifically your TMJ (or temporomandibular joint).