Important Information About Dental Hygiene

woman with toothbrushTooth decay is a prevalent problem that many patients will face in their lives. It is caused by oral bacteria that produce acid to attack your enamel. When a hole has been worn in your enamel, the bacteria is free to infect the rest of your tooth, so that you may have to have a filling or root canal treatment to save it. You may be able to protect your tooth from cavities by practicing good dental hygiene and following certain guidelines for protecting your teeth. (more…)

Why Restorative Dentistry is so Important

cavitiesThough there are many types of treatments a dentist can perform, restorative dentistry is one of the most important. Once preventive dentistry has failed, and a problem has occurred with your oral health, we can use restorative treatments to fix your teeth, remove decay, and fill gaps in your teeth. These treatments generally revolve around saving your teeth, because lost teeth can cause more problems for your oral health. However, restorative treatments may be able to fix these problems before they become too dangerous. (more…)

How to Deal With TMJ Disorders

woman with jaw painMany patients are dealing with pain in their jaws that they can’t explain. This pain can be intense or just bothersome, but you should seek a medical professional (doctor, dentist, or TMJ specialist) if you have chronic pain or can’t completely open or shut your jaw. TMJ disorders are treatable with oral appliances, certain medications, or at-home remedies, and we may be able to help you determine a treatment that can help you alleviate TMJ pain or deal with its root cause. (more…)

Adult Braces That Fit Your Needs

woman with adult bracesCrooked teeth can mar the appearance of your smile and interfere with your bite, potentially causing some oral health issues if not treated. Many people have this problem corrected as a teenager, but sometimes crooked teeth can occur as an adult. Several issues can cause your teeth to become crooked, such as wisdom teeth that don’t fit and crowd the rest of your teeth, losing teeth which causes your other teeth to drift, and some restorative treatments that don’t fit properly. If your teeth are crooked, you might be a good candidate for adult braces. (more…)

Why Some Dentists Use Fluoride Treatments

toothpaste and brushFluoride treatments may be something you have heard about in conjunction with preventive dentistry. Fluoride in general is commonly associated with dentistry, because of the mineral’s natural ability to help prevent cavities, which has led to fluoridated water, toothpastes, and other products. Some people have become concerned about fluorosis, a condition that causes changes in the appearance of teeth, generally in children’s teeth as they develop. Despite this, fluoride treatments are commonly used for their effectiveness and tend to have a low risk of causing problems if handled correctly. (more…)

How to Prevent Tooth Extraction

extracted toothDentists will generally try to save a tooth if at all possible.  Losing even one tooth can affect your oral health by leading to jawbone deterioration and other problems that can significantly impact your teeth. However, in some cases, extraction is the only option, because of the severity of trauma to the tooth. You may need a tooth extracted because of severe tooth decay, overcrowded teeth that affect your bite, or gum disease. If these problems occur, we can thoroughly examine your mouth to decide if tooth extraction is truly the best option for you. (more…)