What Can Implants Do for Your Restoration?

Today’s dental restorations, especially those that are meant to replace lost teeth, are often designed to be so lifelike that they’re nearly identical to your healthy, natural teeth in appearance. However, appearance isn’t all that makes a natural tooth, and there’s more to its structure than what you see above your gums. The roots of your teeth, which are not visible but play several significant roles in your oral health, are not part of the restoration for most traditional prostheses. With dental implants, though, your bridge or denture can enjoy the support of root-like posts, creating a much more lifelike and beneficial restoration. (more…)

Tooth Extraction – Is It Possible to Avoid It?

Tooth extraction is the kind of dental treatment that many people dread once they’re told they need it, but that really shouldn’t be postponed any longer once it becomes necessary. With the goal of preserving and restoring your smile, your dentist will typically recommend restorative treatment to save your healthy, natural tooth structure, if possible. Extracting a tooth’s entire structure (including its root) is usually a last-resort option, when a tooth is so far compromised that there is no restoration that can save it. Once tooth extraction becomes your smile’s best option, there isn’t really a way to avoid it. However, you can avoid more serious oral health troubles by following your dentist’s recommendation and seeking treatment as soon as possible. (more…)

Can a Dental Crown Help You Keep Your Tooth?

Dental crowns are one of the more popular forms of restorative dental treatment, and for many good reasons. Designed to mimic a healthy, natural tooth’s crown, the restoration is meant to be bonded over a tooth that’s been damaged or structurally compromised in some way. Given the progressive nature of tooth damage (your tooth doesn’t heal, so any damage will only grow worse), a dental crown can often be the most effective way to save your tooth and preserve its remaining healthy, natural structure. (more…)

Why You Should Take Root Canal Therapy Seriously

For some people, the fact that tooth decay and cavities can develop for nearly anyone can make the condition seem less serious. After all, cavities are often treated fairly easily with tooth-colored fillings, before they have a chance to become severe. However, tooth decay can become much more serious if given enough time, which is why fillings aren’t the only form of tooth decay treatment available. If your tooth decay reaches a severe stage, you might require a more involved restorative solution, like root canal therapy, to address the serious threat to your oral health. (more…)

The Biocompatible Nature of Tooth-Colored Fillings

When it comes to your dental health, prevention is always the best medicine, but when it fails, the way in which you address any problems that develop will have a lasting impact on your long-term oral health. While prevention is best, natural, minimally invasive and biocompatible treatment is second-best. That’s why we utilize tooth-colored fillings when treating most mild to moderate cavities. In addition to looking more like your natural tooth structure, biocompatible tooth-fillings also do a lot more for your tooth’s health and integrity. (more…)

Things You Might Not Know Porcelain Veneers Can Do

Your smile’s a major part of your overall appearance, so when something affects it, it’s natural to want to improve it. Cosmetic dental treatment is designed to help you do just that, with several treatment options that can be customized to meet your specific smile concerns and needs. With porcelain veneers, many patients can achieve the more attractive and blemish-free smiles they want, and often in a much more conservative manner than they expect. Yet, the benefits of porcelain veneers go beyond just improving your smile’s appearance. Depending on your specific oral health needs, they can also be a significant advantage in restoring your smile’s health and bite function. (more…)

Thinking About Improving Your Smile with Gum Contouring?

A gummy smile isn’t like many other cosmetic dental concerns. Unlike teeth stains, for instance, some people with a gummy smile may not consider their a condition a hindrance to their smile’s appearance. Therefore, they may choose to ignore it and never seek treatment to correct the symmetry of their gum line. However, while it may not seem as much of a problem as other cosmetic concerns, a gummy smile could have a serious impact on your smile’s appearance, as well as many other aspects of your oral health. Fortunately, for many patients with gummy smiles, we can often offer an effective way to improve it, with the help of cosmetic gum contouring. (more…)

A Look at Tooth Bonding’s Benefits to Your Smile

As a cosmetic dentistry option, tooth bonding has become popular for its ability to address a wide range of cosmetic tooth concerns quickly, and with minimal or no changes to your tooth structure. Yet, for patients with certain types of cosmetic concerns, the benefits of cosmetic tooth bonding go far beyond improving a tooth’s appearance. For instance, the biocompatible resin that’s used for tooth bonding isn’t just lifelike in appearance, but also strong and durable enough to fully restore your natural tooth structure in certain conditions. Today, we take a look at a few ways in which tooth bonding can benefit your smile, and some of the conditions that it might be best for addressing. (more…)

3 Things to Check Before Whitening Your Teeth

For some patients, whitening their teeth on a periodic basis has almost always been a part of their routine dental care. Though never performed as frequently as routine checkups and cleanings, which are necessary to prevent most other types of oral health issues, teeth-whitening is the most convenient and effective solution for dealing with common teeth stains. However, while it may be commonly recommended and highly effective at brightening stained teeth, whitening your teeth is only a good idea given a few factors are met. Today, we examine just a few of these, and why it’s important to checkup them before whitening your teeth. (more…)

What Should Your Cosmetic Smile Makeover Achieve?

Cosmetic smile makeovers can be simple, or they can be complex. They might only require a single, conservative treatment, or it might take several different cosmetic treatments to create the smile you want and deserve. It all depends on many different factors, the most obvious of which are the specific concerns you have with your smile’s appearance. When designing your smile makeover procedure, we’ll take all of these considerations into account and design a treatment plan that helps you achieve the specific results you desire. (more…)