Have you been looking into replacing your missing teeth? If so, we are happy you have made this decision. Completing your smile provides you with a long list of advantages, including protecting your smile alignment, protecting your jaw health, improving your confidence, and improving your ability to eat and speak. Fortunately, if you’re considering dental implants to complete your smile, you will be happy to learn that they can replace most patterns of tooth loss. Learn more for a clearer understanding of how implants may work for you.
The only thing worse than finding out you have an infected tooth may be receiving the news that you need a root canal. First of all, we understand that scheduling your root canal therapy to save your tooth may cause you some serious anxiety. However, we would like to provide you with much-needed knowledge that will combat the negative things you’ve heard about this restorative treatment over the years. You see, root canals are actually easy to sit through and extremely effective. Ready to learn more, so you feel comfortable with the idea of rescuing that tooth of yours? Read the following:
For 150 years silver amalgam fillings were the most common dental filling used. But since their inception, worries regarding their mercury content marred their existence. Although they have proven to be stable and long-lasting, they still weren’t the “perfect” filling due to the mercury content, their color, and other issues. Since then, composite resin fillings have been developed and have become the filling of choice due to their esthetics. Composite resin filling is white and can blend with surrounding dentition. But the advantages of white fillings don’t end there.
There are a variety of dental restoration techniques: veneers, dental bonding, inlays, onlays, fillings, crowns. You probably know what a filling is because 90 percent of the population has at least one filling. Inlays and onlays are a type of filling, too. Bonding is a dental technique that utilizes composite resin material, and veneers are thin pieces of porcelain that are glued to the front of your teeth. Do you know what a dental crown is? Dental crowns are another treatment for restoring your teeth. Take the multiple-choice quiz below to find out how much you know about dental crowns.
Dental veneers are a thin layer of material placed over the front of a tooth to cover imperfections and discolorations. They date back to 1928 when a California dentist invented them to cover actors’ teeth. They were a temporary fix, temporarily cemented to the front of the person’s teeth. It wasn’t until the introduction of etching in 1959 that veneers became a permanent cosmetic fix. A minimally invasive and painless procedure, dental veneers are a long-lasting treatment. Veneers are created by highly trained technicians. Read on to learn more about the art of fabricating dental veneers.
Whitening is the most common dental treatment to improve your smile. It’s fast, easy, safe, and effective. There are several tooth whitening options available. For instance, you can purchase over-the-counter tooth whitening kits at your neighborhood drugstore. You can get a professional whitening treatment at your dentist, or most dentists even offer take-home whitening kits. However, did you know that there are different types of tooth stains? Some are more conducive to whitening than others. Take our quiz below to find out more about how to obtain a whiter smile.
Here is a startling fact: about 25 percent of people diagnosed with oral or oropharyngeal cancers neither drink nor smoke. It may be stereotypical, but when you think of oral cancer you think of a middle-aged man with a cigar hanging out of his mouth. That’s not the case. Oral cancer is on the rise, and although it may be surprising, young non-smoking, non-drinking women can present with it. Oral cancer is not just for smokers. Does your dentist check for it?
Advances in dentistry are being made all the time. There are active studies, research, material design, and procedural developments happening as we speak. You may not give much thought to the field of dentistry, but the field of dentistry gives much thought to its consumers. Your teeth are important to your overall health, and dental scientists and researchers are always working to develop easier, faster, and pain-free procedures and dependable materials that last longer. There have also been significant advances in technology for your teeth.
They say that time is speeding up, literally. But you know why your days fly by so quickly, because you are so busy. Always in a hurry, you’re running the kids to school, yourself to work, back to get the kids from school, drop them at soccer practice, band practice or cheerleading, make a quick stop at the grocery store, or better yet just buy some fast food…sigh. Just thinking about it makes you tired doesn’t it? With all the hustle, bustle, stress, and responsibility in your life, you’re lucky you even have time to sit down and eat, let alone brush your teeth. But it’s important that you pay attention to your dental health. That’s why today we are brushing up on the basics.
Are you afraid that as you age you will need dentures? If you take care of your teeth you may not. Losing your teeth is not a natural part of aging. The major reason for tooth loss is periodontal disease and, in most cases, periodontal disease can be avoided. More and more people are keeping their teeth into old age due to proper dental hygiene. In fact, according to statistics, 52 percent of adults over the age of 65 still had most of their natural teeth in 2003. That is quite the flip-flop considering that back in the 1950s over 50 percent of adults over 65 were edentulous (toothless). Aging presents seniors with their own set of dental health issues but if they continue to take special care of their teeth, their teeth will age with them. Check out our dental facts for seniors.