The Hazards Of Ignoring Bruxism

The Hazards Of Ignoring BruxismTypically, people are asleep as they experience bruxism, which describes consistently grinding your teeth. Though some people clench their jaw and grind their teeth throughout the day, it can be easy to miss during a stressful moment. The problem with ignoring bruxism is that persistent friction and grinding can damage your teeth, and make your teeth weak and sensitive. Grinding can eventually wear them down until they become seriously compromised. Fortunately, your dentist can detect signs of bruxism during your routine checkups and cleanings before they become obvious to you.  (more…)

Why Is Titanium Great For Implants?

Why Is Titanium Great For Implants?Throughout history, dentists have used various metals to complete dental procedures, not many of which were able to stand up to a lifetime of wear. However, titanium is one of the most durable metals on the planet. Titanium is also a bio-compatible material that can fuse with the jawbone. Once implanted, titanium posts can provide permanent protection for the jawline from shifting due to missing teeth, and can create a base for aesthetic replacement teeth. (more…)

Can Your Dentures Use Implants?

Can Your Dentures Use Implants?Dentures are one of the oldest forms of restorative dentistry. Modern dentures are designed and crafted with such realism that they can look very natural in your smile. However, even the most advanced dentures can lack something that your healthy, natural smile relies on: the support of a roots to hold your teeth securely within your jawbone. Upgrading your dentures by inserting a series of dental implant posts to support it can help to better support the prostheses, while also protecting your jawbone’s health. All-On-4® Dentures is a system that can support dentures with just four implant posts.  (more…)

Ways Your Mouth Changes As You Age

Ways Your Mouth Changes As You AgeAs you age and get past middle-age, your body begins to change. Some of these changes may be more obvious to you than others. While people may notice the achiness in their joints, they may not notice the changes in your smile. Your smile is the gateway to your overall health, which makes it even more important to keep up with preventative care as we get older. Some of the ways that our mouths can change as we age: enamel erosion, less salival production, and an increased risk for oral cancer.  (more…)

What To Ask When Considering Veneers

What To Ask When Considering VeneersYou may know that you want to update your smile, but you may not be sure how you want to do it. Maybe you are concerned you have multiple cosmetic concerns to address, and to so would be a complicated process. You should know that with porcelain veneers, patients can typically enjoy a complete smile makeover with a single treatment. If you are considering porcelain veneers to improve your smile, then there are a few questions that you may want to discuss with your dental health professional.  (more…)

Upgrading My Bridge With Implants

Upgrading My Bridge With ImplantsA bridge can become a key component in restoring your smile once you have lost one or more teeth. Along with allowing you to regain your confidence that may have been lost with your tooth, a bridge can restore your smile’s ability to function properly. However, a traditional bridge cannot address all of the consequences of tooth loss. The loss of your tooth’s root may lead to a loss of bone density in your jaw, which can have a profound impact on your long-term oral health. A traditional bridge does not address the issues stemming from root loss, and therefore you may be susceptible when you have this type of restoration. For more comprehensive smile restoration, upgrading your bridge to a bridge anchored by dental implants can allow for the support and function of rooted teeth.  (more…)

Can ClearCorrect® Adjust My Smile?

Can ClearCorrect® Adjust My Smile?Adjusting the alignment of your smile is about more than just fixing the appearance of your teeth. A problematic alignment can also endanger the health of your teeth and gums at risk. Overcrowded teeth can overlap each other, which can make them difficult to clean and create places for bacteria to live. Bacteria that is difficult to remove during brushing and flossing can lead to tooth decay and gum disease. This leaves crooked teeth at a higher risk of oral health problems, like the ones stated above as well as chronic bad breath and the development of TMJ disorder. Straightening your smile can help reduce the risk of developing these issues. ClearCorrect® can help adjust a misaligned smile.  (more…)

Can You Help Ease My Jaw Pain?

Can You Help Ease My Jaw Pain? Jaw pain can come from a variety of sources, such as arthritis, sinus issues, nerve damage, and more. When jaw pain is accompanied by persistent headaches, toothaches pain in the face, neck, or shoulders, the problem could be caused by a misaligned bite. TMJ disorder is a common condition caused by strain put upon the jaw joint known as the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). The strain can be caused by a misalignment or by bruxism, which is the grinding of your teeth. Interestingly enough, misalignment may cause bruxism and bruxism can cause misalignment. Jaw pain caused by TMJ disorder may be relieved through the use of a custom oral appliance(more…)