What’s the Point of Extracting a Tooth?

Restoring a tooth can sometimes seem complicated. If the tooth is severely fractured or broken, or if it’s in the grips of severe internal tooth decay, then it might seem like simply removing the tooth from the equation would be the easiest way to save your smile. However, that isn’t always the case, and typically, the goal of your dental treatment is to help you preserve as much healthy, natural tooth structure as possible. The point of tooth extraction is to remove a tooth that’s so severely compromised that it can’t be saved, before it has a chance to cause more harm to your oral health. (more…)

Is a Crown Your Tooth’s Best Option?

Restoring your tooth can mean a lot of different things, depending on what kind of concern you have with your tooth structure. For many people, however, it means addressing significant damage or harm to the tooth, and the right restoration is often a custom-designed dental crown that can restore all of the tooth’s structure. With a custom dental crown, your tooth can recover from most levels of damage and regain its health and integrity. However, preparing your tooth for a dental crown can be an involved process, and in some cases, your tooth may benefit from a more conservative restoration. (more…)

What Happens When a Tooth Decays?

Some dental concerns don’t need to be addressed until they develop. For instance, chronic teeth-grinding or other problems with your bite function aren’t typically things you can avoid with routine preventive care. Fortunately, that routine can help you prevent the most common oral health concerns, such as tooth decay and the formation of cavities. Tooth decay results from the excessive buildup of oral bacteria, or plaque, on the surfaces of your teeth, and preventing it is a constant effort to prevent this buildup from getting out of control. Given the potentially damaging nature of the condition, preventing a tooth from decaying is also an essential part of maintaining your healthy, natural smile. (more…)

How Veneers Help Strengthen Teeth

The secret to making cosmetic dentistry a benefit to your smile is creating a treatment plan that not only improves your smile’s appearance, but also helps you restore and preserve your healthy tooth structure. That’s largely because some cosmetic concerns that involve damage and/or malformation to your tooth structure can also have impacts on your oral health. In addition to making the tooth more uniform with your smile, cosmetic treatment should also help it regain its structural integrity. Today, we examine how veneers help strengthen teeth and preserve their structures while also improving their appearance, and why this ability makes them ideal for a wide range of tooth concerns. (more…)

Good News for Adults with Crooked Teeth

For many people who develop crooked teeth in their late teens or adulthood, the problem can seem even more than it would have been in their childhood. In some cases, appearance and confidence are important parts of a person’s career, and wearing metal braces for a couple of years could have an impact on that confidence. Fortunately, many adults with crooked teeth can benefit from a more discreet orthodontic option than traditional metal braces. With the help of Invisalign® clear aligners, you can enjoy the straighter and more attractive smile you deserve in a more discreet and comfortable manner. (more…)

Are You Worried You Might Have Sleep Apnea?

For people who’ve heard about obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA, things like chronic snoring can take on a whole new significance. That’s because chronic snoring is one of the characteristic signs of having sleep apnea, and if you snore often enough, you may start to worry that OSA is the reason. Today, we take a closer look at what having obstructive sleep apnea means, and how we can help you identify and treat the condition if you’re worried that you might be suffering from it. (more…)

What to Know if You Have a TMJ Disorder

If you have TMJ disorder but don’t know it, then the symptoms that the disorder can cause can seem confusing. As a jaw dysfunction, it can lead to symptoms that impact your jaw’s function, but it can also lead to less direct consequences such as chronic headaches, earaches, and more. Today, we take a look at a few things you should know if you have TMJ disorder, including a few things that could be a hint you have it, as well as how we may be able to help you treat it comfortably. (more…)

Can You Lower Your Risks of Tooth Loss?

Sticking to a good dental hygiene routine every day and visiting your dentist routinely for checkups and cleanings are good ways to lower your risks of experiencing most dental health concerns. That’s because the most common concerns, like tooth decay and gum disease, are the products of certain types of oral bacteria being allowed to accumulate out of control. When it comes to lower your risks of experiencing tooth loss, the same principles apply – it’s important to prevent the many different factors that could potentially lead to tooth loss. (more…)

How Do You Decide if a Tooth Should Be Extracted?

When a tooth exhibits a serious problem, like extensive damage or infection in its natural structure, extracting the tooth can seem simpler than treating and restoring it. Yet, because it results in the loss of all of the tooth’s natural structure, tooth extraction is typically only a good idea if the tooth can’t be saved. Today, we examine how your dentist determines when tooth extraction is the best option for your smile, and a few conditions that might call for it. (more…)

What if Your Tooth Is Severely Damaged?

There are ways to save teeth that experience a wide range of concerns, including severe damage to its structure. In some cases, tooth damage can be a more immediate concern than other common concerns, such as chronic tooth decay, because it can pose an immediate and serious threat the tooth and your oral health if not addressed immediately. In severe cases, this threat could lead to the loss of the tooth or the need for its extraction. However, in many cases, in a severely damaged tooth can be saved with a dental crown or other custom dental restoration. (more…)