What Dental Care for Children Usually Means

Regular dental health care is important for everyone, but for children, it may not always entail the same things as it does for adults. For example, most basic dental health care concepts are similar no matter the age of the patient, such as the need for regular cleaning and professional examination. However, some concerns are specific to the health of children’s teeth and oral structures, such as the need to preserve their primary teeth to promote better growth and development of their permanent ones. Today, we look at just a few ways in which dental care for children might mean something different than it does for adults. (more…)

Wearing Your Teeth Out through Bruxism

You might not always pay close attention to just how often you use your teeth. It’s probably been years since you’ve counted your bites, if ever, and that doesn’t even account for the subconscious things your teeth can go through. For example, if you have bruxism, then food isn’t the only thing your teeth constantly grind against. They also grind against each other, and the results can be disastrous for your smile and oral health if you don’t address the condition promptly. (more…)

Things You’ll Need to Know if You Have Sleep Apnea

Obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA, is a common sleep breathing disorder that can have several different impacts on the quality of your sleep and daily life. However, many patients who have sleep apnea don’t realize they have it, even after they begin to exhibit some of the more obvious symptoms. There are many different things that sleep apnea can affect the longer you have to deal with it, many of which stem from the fact that the condition prevents you from reaching deep sleep. Today, we examine a few things that you’ll need to know if you have sleep apnea, including how to treat the condition so you can finally get the rest you deserve. (more…)

What to Do Between Your Checkup and Cleaning Appointments

You might recognize that keeping your smile requires two things – consistently good hygiene, and regular preventive care from your dentist. However, you might not realize just how closely the two are tied, or how hygiene at home should be an extension of what your dentist does for your smile during your checkups and cleanings. Good hygiene makes your routine dental visits easier and more convenient, and helps you avoid the need for more extensive follow-up treatment the next time you visit. To that end, we explore a few important things you should be doing at home, between your routine checkup and cleaning appointments. (more…)

3 Things You Should Consider a Dental Emergency

A dental emergency can mean something different to everyone, and even in different situations with your own oral health. Because it can span so many different conditions, it isn’t always easy to determine if your concern should be considered an emergency or not. If not, then you may not need to schedule an emergency dental appointment. However, rather than risk ignoring an emergency because you aren’t sure, we prefer you receive the treatment you need as soon as possible, or at least be sure that your condition isn’t an immediate threat. (more…)

Would You Benefit from Dental Implants?

Over the last few decades, dental implants have become one of the most popular ways for dealing with adult tooth loss. That’s mainly due to the unique benefits they provide when rebuilding your smile, which stem from their ability to replace the roots of your lost teeth. However, until you’ve received dental implants, you may not fully appreciate what these benefits can mean to your oral health. At our Grand Prairie, TX, dental office, we might recommend replacing your lost teeth with dental implants to help you enjoy their many different benefits, whether you’ve recently lost a tooth, have lost several of them, or already have a traditional bridge or denture. (more…)

A Few Things to Consider When Replacing Lost Teeth

It should be no surprise that, after experiencing tooth loss, restoring your smile requires replacing your lost tooth or teeth as soon as possible. Everything from your smile’s appearance and your own self-confidence to your oral health, bite function, quality of life, and more can be affected by the loss. It it’s important to do more than just replace them, however; to fully restore your smile and the functions your teeth were responsible for, you’ll need a custom prosthesis designed specifically to fit your smile. You may also need to address the reason why you experienced tooth loss in the first place, to reduce your risks of experiencing it again. (more…)

Things You Might Get Wrong About Tooth Extraction

If asked, most people can answer that tooth extraction is the removal of a tooth. However, beyond that, the need for the procedure and how it can affect your oral health are not as widely recognized, especially by people who’ve never needed it before. Because of this, you might worry if your dentist tells you that you have to have one or more of your teeth extracted, which may cause you to hesitate and can leave your smile open to even more serious development. (more…)

What to Remember About Getting a Dental Crown

Restoring your tooth with a dental crown may be one of the best things you can do for your smile, depending on your tooth’s specific concern. For example, one of the most common reasons for recommending a dental crown is to restore a tooth that’s been damaged. Placing a custom crown over it will stop the fracture or break from getting worse, improve your tooth’s healthy appearance, and restore your bite’s ability to function properly on that side of your mouth. However, much like your healthy, natural teeth, your dental crown relies on your continued care of it, and there are a few things you should remember about doing so properly. (more…)

How to Treat Your Severe Tooth Decay Conservatively

In our previous article, we discussed some of the most common reasons why cavities are a still a common concern for so many people. In a nutshell, it’s because the tooth decay that causes it stems from the bacteria that naturally inhabit your mouth. These same bacteria are also the reason why, in some cases, tooth decay can be a lot more serious than just dealing with a mild to moderate cavity. At our Grand Prairie, TX, dental office, we can also help you treat more severe tooth decay conservatively thanks to the help of modern root canal treatment. (more…)