Visiting the dentist regularly will not only help keep your teeth and mouth healthy, but will also help keep the rest of your body healthy. Dental care is important because it:
Your teeth may feel fine, but it’s still important to see the dentist regularly because problems can exist without you knowing. Your smile’s appearance is important, and your dentist can help keep your smile healthy and looking beautiful. With so many advances in dentistry, you no longer have to settle for stained, chipped, missing, or misshapen teeth. Today’s dentists offer many treatment choices that can help you smile with confidence, including:
Choosing a dentist who “clicks” with you and your family is important, and you may wish to consider several dentists before making your final decision. During your first visit, you should be able to determine whether the dentist is right for you. During your appointment, consider the following:
Also known as periodontal disease, gum disease is mostly caused by plaque and bacteria buildup that is not treated in its early stage. Other causes of periodontal disease include tobacco use, teeth grinding, some medications, and genetics. Gingivitis is the beginning stage of gum disease, and, if detected, is treatable. Gingivitis left untreated may turn into gum disease. Advanced gum disease will lead to tooth and bone loss, and is a permanent condition. Brushing your teeth regularly and visiting the dentist every six months will help prevent gingivitis and more severe cases of periodontal disease. Common signs of gum disease:
Dental Bridge FAQ
A missing tooth is problematic not just because it causes issues with chewing and speaking, but also because missing teeth can cause the surrounding teeth to stray out of position. Not to mention it keeps you from having the great smile you want.
The recommendation for replacing missing teeth is usually either a dental bridge or dental implant. A dental bridge “bridges” or closes the gap in the patient’s smile using an artificial tooth made of porcelain.
Dental Implants FAQs
If you're looking to replace missing teeth and achieve your ideal smile, dental implants are a great option. The process includes placing a titanium screw into your jaw bone. This structure eventually bonds to your jaw bone to act as a natural tooth root. A porcelain tooth/teeth are then attached to the implant(s). Dental implants actually become an integrated part of your mouth just like real teeth. You’ll be able to brush, floss, eat and smile as if you’d had these teeth your entire life.
Dental Veneers FAQ
If you have stained, chipped or worn teeth, porcelain veneers may be the perfect option for you! Veneers are thin shells made of tooth-colored porcelain that are custom made and bonded to your teeth to improve their appearance by changing the color, shape, size or length.