Why Does Your Tooth Need to Be Extracted?

For most people, the main part of preserving their healthy smiles is preventing things that could eventually lead to tooth loss, or restoring teeth that are compromised in order to retain them. However, in some rare cases, a tooth may become so compromised that extracting it is the only way to preserve the rest of your healthy teeth and oral structure. Today, we take a closer look at the need for tooth extraction, including why it’s necessary and how to effectively restore your smile afterward. (more…)

3 Reasons to Get Your Dental Crown in One Day

Dental crowns have been an ideal solution for dealing with multiple types of tooth problems for ages. Designed to mimic the entire visible portion of your natural tooth, which is also called its crown, a restorative dental crown can restore, save, and help you preserve teeth that experience a wide range of concerns. Today, advanced dental technology also allows many modern dental crowns to be created and bonded in place during just a single visit to your dentist’s office. (more…)

The Seriousness of an Infected Root Canal

When a tooth experiences severe, internal decay, the problem isn’t typically a discreet one. Severe tooth decay means that the decay, or infection, in your tooth’s structure has reached the vulnerable pulp chamber of the tooth. This not only causes intense levels of discomfort, but can also threaten the root canal that’s connected to the tooth’s pulp chamber. Today, we examine the seriousness of an infected root canal, and why it’s important to seek root canal treatment if your tooth decay becomes this severe. (more…)

How to Improve Your Tooth Filling’s Chance of Success

For people who develop cavities, which are caused by progressive tooth decay, the most frequently successful treatment option is to fill the cavity with biocompatible material. Often referred to as a tooth-colored filling, the lifelike restoration can give your tooth its strength and integrity back after the tooth decay has been removed from the cavity. Once the filling is placed, your tooth’s long-term health will rely on its continued success at restoring and protecting the tooth, and you can improve your tooth filling’s chance of success with these few tips. (more…)

Why a Tooth Might Crack, and How to Avoid It

There are highly specific reasons why some oral health concerns develop. For example, a cavity forms in your tooth because the enamel around it grows weak when it’s overwhelmed by oral bacteria. Gingivitis, the first phase of gum disease, develops in a similar manner, though the bacteria that cause tend to accumulate on your gum line, instead. However, when your tooth becomes cracked, or fractured, there isn’t always a single definitive factor. It can occur for a wide range of potential reasons, and fixing the crack in your tooth could also require addressing an ongoing problem with your oral health and/or tooth structure. (more…)

How You Can Benefit from Invisalign® Clear Aligners

When teeth aren’t aligned properly, it’s highly important to correct their alignment with appropriate orthodontic treatment. The problems that can arise from your teeth being crooked are significant and can impact every aspect of your oral health, from your smile’s appearance to your bite’s function and more. To help more patients enjoy the benefits of straighter teeth, we offer a variety of orthodontic treatment options, including Invisalign® clear aligners that can straighten teeth more discreetly than traditional braces. (more…)

Why Crooked Teeth Need Orthodontic Correction

Crooked teeth are often referred to as malocclusion, but the term encompasses more than just the misaligned state of your teeth. It also includes many of the impacts that result from their misalignment, including damage to your tooth structure and the changes to your bite’s balance and pressure. These cumulative effects are why it’s important to straighten teeth with orthodontic correction as soon as possible. Otherwise, restoring your smile could mean more than just bringing your teeth back into proper alignment. (more…)

How to Stop Snoring When You Have Sleep Apnea

When you have a chronic snoring problem, it’s probably a good idea to seek a solution to help you stop. At minimum, it will help your sleeping partner sleep more soundly each night, even if you don’t notice your snoring habit. At worst, however, your snoring might not be just a typical snoring habit. It could indicate a more profound sleep disorder known as obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA. Today, we examine how snoring and sleep apnea are connected, and why you’ll need professional treatment to address your snoring habit if sleep apnea is the cause of it. (more…)

The Biggest Problems with Having Bruxism

On the surface, the biggest problems with bruxism is the chronic teeth-grinding that it consists of. Over time, the constant pressure and friction can lead to a wide range of immediate and long-term concerns with your health and integrity of your teeth. However, the longer it continues, the more complex the problems of bruxism can become, and in severe cases, recovering from it could require more extensive treatment than you expect. (more…)

Why Your Replacement Teeth Should Have Dental Implants

Replacing lost teeth is about a lot more than making your sure your smile looks whole again. While that is an important goal, an even more important one is restoring your good oral health and bite function, which can be significantly diminished when you experience the loss of one or more teeth. Today, we examine how dental implants are able to improve the quality of your replacement tooth or teeth, and what that improvement means for your long-term oral health and bite function. (more…)