Affordable Dental Care is Within Your Reach

Woman Happy that She's Saving Money on Dental CareYou may have heard the old adage: “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” When it comes to your oral health, this saying is doubly true. After all, the “ounce” of time and money you spend brushing, flossing, and rinsing every day pales in comparison to the “pounds” you’ll spend on treating a serious oral health problem. Luckily, the American Dental Association asserts that following these two basic steps will help you prevent oral health problems and save money on expensive dental procedures. (more…)

FAQs: What is Sedation Dentistry?

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When our patients feel nervous or apprehensive, we often recommend sedation dentistry as part of their treatment. We want to ensure every patient feels comfortable and relaxed. If you have any questions or concerns about this procedure, please take a look at the FAQs below.

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Quiz: Stress and Oral Health Connection

man stressed about his oral healthYou may be aware that stress can affect your whole body in a negative way, but did you know that there is a significant connection between stress and oral health? Not only can stress cause you to neglect your oral hygiene, it can also lead to serious and painful complications when not dealt with properly. Stress tends to promote the buildup of anxiety and tension, causing you to clench or grind your teeth, which can cause chronic muscle pain. By learning how to properly manage your stress, you will be able to maintain better oral and physical health. (more…)

Drug-Free Headache Relief From Your Dentist

woman happy about headache relief from dentistTylenol and other over the counter pain relievers are the most common go-to treatments for headaches. If you experience chronic headaches (one or more a week), or face and jaw pain that leads to headaches, you may be a candidate for a type of proven headache relief provided by your dentist. TruDenta utilizes a combination of techniques, found in sports medicine, to restore balance to the muscles of your face and mouth that may be preventing you from attaining headache relief. (more…)

The Most Effective Way to Prevent Cavities

cartoon tooth and brush prevent cavitiesEven if you’ve never had one, you might still know enough about them to see the benefit in learning the most effective way to prevent cavities. Fortunately, protecting your teeth from the decay that causes them isn’t as difficult as some patients may believe. The best way is to understand how cavities develop in the first place, then tailor your hygiene routine to avoid or address the most common causes of tooth decay. (more…)

An Implanted Upgrade for Your Dental Prosthesis

dental implants and restorationsYour smile, including your teeth and oral structures, are unique, and so are your needs when it comes to restoring your dental health. Because of the intricate nature of tooth loss, modern dentistry offers a variety of restorative options for rebuilding your smile (i.e., dental bridges and dentures), depending on how many teeth are missing. However, nearly all patients who’ve lost teeth can benefit from supporting their dental prostheses on one or more dental implants.   (more…)

Dental Bridges: The Good, the Bad, and the Alternative

dental bridge illustrationWhen you lose a tooth, your immediate concern should be how to replace it so you can restore you mouth’s function (as well as your smile’s appearance). For many people, the solution lies in custom-built dental bridges, which span the gaps left by missing teeth to help rebuild incomplete smiles. However, before deciding if a dental bridge is right for you, we’ll thoroughly discuss the pro’s and con’s of the prosthetic, and whether or not you’d benefit more from the alternative—dental implants. (more…)

Rotary Endontics for Comfortable Root Canals

Happy Guy PatientThere’s no denying that root canals have a pretty poor reputation for being unpleasant – even torture. The good news is, if you need one, you are very likely to be pleasantly surprised by how easy the procedure is. Thanks to innovations such as rotary endontics, root canal therapy is even more comfortable than ever. The equipment used during this process is precise and efficient, meaning the treatment will be faster and less invasive.

What to Expect

Rotary endontics begins like any restorative dental procedure – with a numbing agent to make sure you won’t feel a thing. Of course, if the administration of the anesthetic is making you feel extremely anxious, nitrous oxide or oral sedation are options to put you in a completely relaxed state before anything is done. The rotary piece of the equipment is utilized to get through to the inner chamber of your tooth. All unwanted infection and debris is cleaned away, and the area is disinfected. Your actual root canals are reshaped so that they are as good as new. A rubber compound known as gutta percha fills the gap where the infection has been removed. Finally, a dental crown which has been customized to fit (more…)

Try to Avoid the Gum Recession

Smiling Curly Hair GirlDo you know why you have gums? They actually serve multiple purposes, including functional and cosmetic roles inside your mouth. Gingival tissues line the entirety of your mouth, but your gums line bone structure which is why they feel stiffer than your inner cheeks if you run your tongue through your mouth. Gums seal the area below them, so that only the crowns of your dental anatomy are exposed in a healthy mouth. They also frame your smile for a pleasing, symmetrical look. So what happens when gums recede? A whole lot of potential trouble inside your oral cavity can certainly result from gum recession.

Gum Disease and Gum Recession

About 80% of adults in the US have periodontal disease. Starting off as gingivitis (early gum disease) the condition can spiral downward into full blown periodontitis (severe gum disease). Among the symptoms of periodontitis is gum recession, which is a shrinkage or depletion of the unhealthy tissue. When the protective seal of gums is compromised, not only are you more susceptible to tooth abscesses and root infections, but you may also find that your teeth look to large or your gums give your smile an uneven look that both you and others notice.

Avoiding Gum Disease

Some people have a genetic predisposition to gum disease, so you may have that working against you. However, you can stave off issues by maintaining a strict oral hygiene routine and never missing a six month dental cleaning/checkup. Avoiding basic brushing and flossing allows germs to multiply and create (more…)

Who Needs a Root Canal?

woman worried about toothacheBeing told that you need root canal therapy can seem like bad news, especially if you have misconceptions about what root canal therapy actually entails. However, in a sense, it can be good news—the need for root canal therapy means there’s still a chance your tooth can be saved before extensive decay causes you to lose it. What begins as a cavity, which can often be treated with a simpler dental filling, can progress into an extreme infection over time. Treating the root canal is the only way to clean away the bacteria and save what remains of the tooth from loss or extraction. (more…)