Why You Should Replace Missing Teeth with Dental Implants

Most people will eventually lose one or more teeth. Even with vigilant oral care, accident or injury can cause the loss of a tooth. As we age, simple daily wear can cause damage to your teeth resulting in tooth loss. More commonly, periodontal disease or tooth decay will cause you to lose one or more teeth.

While you may think one missing tooth, especially one that does not actually show, is not a problem, most dentists recommend immediately replacing a missing tooth. Missing teeth are not only unappealing aesthetically, but also cause problems with your bite and speech. More critically, missing teeth can cause a chain reaction that results in more missing teeth. Because teeth shift to fill the space created by the missing tooth, those teeth become loose and may eventually fall out.

Another problem caused by missing teeth is jaw bone loss. The pressure of tooth roots into the bone cells keeps them from dissolving. If the root is missing, the bone cells die and the bone disintegrates. The loss of jaw bone results in facial collapse, giving you a caved in and much older appearance. Bone loss also causes remaining teeth to become loose and fall out.

One of the best options for replacing lost teeth are dental implants. The placement of dental implants and tooth restorations can prevent the bone loss that results from missing teeth. Not only do dental implants restore the look of your natural teeth, they also provide the function and feel of your original teeth. Dental implants allow you to return to eating and speaking normally, and return your smile to its natural glory. To find out if dental implants are a viable solution to your missing teeth, contact your dentist for an examination and evaluation. With dental implants you can restore the look, feel and function of your natural smile.

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Ouch! I Have a Mouth Sore!

There are few things more irritating than having a painful, swollen sore in your mouth. It bothers you while eating, talking, and even just sitting around. There are a number of types of mouth sores with different causes. Some are infections from bacteria, viruses, or fungus. Or they can be a result of an ill-fitting denture, broken tooth or filling, or loose orthodontic wire. Mouth sores can also be a symptom of a medical condition. Here are some details about common mouth sores.

Canker sore
These small sores occur inside your mouth, and are white or gray with a red outline. They aren’t contagious, but are recurring and can happen one-at-a-time or several at once. Experts believe that lowered immune systems, bacteria, or viruses are risk factors. Canker sores often heal by themselves in about a week, and topical anesthetics or antibacterial mouthwashes may provide relief.

Cold sore
Also called fever blisters, these sores occur outside of your mouth around your lips, nose, or chin. These blisters filled with fluid are caused by the herpes simplex virus type 1, and are extremely contagious. Once you have been infected with the herpes virus, it remains in your body and occasionally flares up. Cold sores usually heal in about a week on their own. Topical anesthetics may help, and your dentist might prescribe antiviral medications to reduce outbreaks.

Candidiasis
Also called oral thrush, candidiasis is a result of the yeast Candida albicans reproducing in large quantities. It usually happens to those with weakened immune systems, and is common with people wearing dentures or with dry mouth syndrome. Candidiasis is also linked to taking antibiotics. Controlling candidiasis is done by preventing or controlling the cause of the outbreak. Ask your dentist for advice.

Leukoplakia
Common with tobacco users, leukoplakia are thick white patches on the inside of your cheeks, gums, or tongue. In addition to tobacco use, they can also be caused by ill-fitting dentures or continual chewing on the inside of your cheek. Leukoplakia is linked with oral cancer, so your dentist may advise a biopsy if the patch looks suspicious.

 

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When Emergency Dental Care is Needed

As much as you hope it doesn’t happen, dental emergencies can sneak up on you. Some clinics offer emergency dental care to provide quick, effective, and safe treatment. It’s important to know what kinds of dental problems require urgent care, as opposed to those that can wait until you can get a regular appointment with your dentist. Here are some common types of emergencies that warrant immediate treatment.

Severe toothache
A painful toothache that won’t go away should not be ignored. These can occur suddenly, be confined to a single area, cause pain when eating, and also involve your gums. Symptoms like these may indicate an abscess, which can also lead to facial swelling. Sometimes your airway can even become blocked. A severe toothache requires immediate relief, and therefore is considered a dental emergency.

Excessive bleeding
If you have oral bleeding from something like losing a tooth and you can’t get it under control, you need to see an emergency dentist. Normally when a tooth falls out, the bleeding will stop after a few minutes. If the blood won’t clot for some reason, or if there was severe trauma, excessive bleeding can occur. A dentist can help stop the bleeding by applying pressure, using a hemostatic agent, or even using stitches.

Fractured teeth
Infection may occur when a tooth is fractured, especially if the break goes deep into a permanent tooth, so immediate care is necessary. An emergency dentist will apply dentine padding to the affected area, so that you can visit your own dentist the next day for further treatment.

Surgery complications
If you have had oral surgery and the pain is more severe or lingering than your dentist anticipated, you should seek treatment immediately to make sure complications like a dry socket or jaw fracture hasn’t occurred.

If you have a dental emergency, contact our Fresno dentists office.

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Choosing the Best Cosmetic Dentist for Your Smile Makeover

Straight, white smiles are in high demand, and choosing who is going to perform your smile makeover is not a decision to be taken lightly. The American Dental Association does not include cosmetic dentistry as one of the eight specialties, meaning there are no legal restrictions against any dentist calling themselves a “cosmetic dentist.” Therefore, it is vital to the success of your treatment to do research and find the best cosmetic dentist to perform your smile makeover. When searching for a qualified cosmetic dentist, consider the following:

  • Ask your potential dentist about their cosmetic studies. Beyond dental school, a trained cosmetic dentist should have taken postgraduate courses and training in the particular types of procedures you are seeking.
  • Find out what organizations they belong to that focus solely on cosmetic dentistry. The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry is the most notable, and offers an accreditation program that includes extensive continuing education and rigorous testing to ensure outstanding skills. Dentists who complete this accreditation are considered to be the very best in their field.
  • Ask to see “before and after” photos of patients they have treated for smile makeovers. It is important you like the style and quality of the work shown in the photos before moving forward with your chosen cosmetic dentist.
  • Inquire about testimonials and reviews from patients who have been treated for cosmetic problems similar to yours. An internet search can also yield information and reviews from previous patients about the cosmetic dentist you are considering.
  • Find out how long the cosmetic dentist has been practicing and which cosmetic dental procedures they most commonly perform.
  • Ask about the technology in their office. Current dental technology is one way to determine the level of advanced care in a cosmetic dentistry practice.
  • Is the dentist and office staff friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable?

Be sure you feel comfortable and confident with your choice of a cosmetic dentist before proceeding with a smile makeover. Making the best choice can mean enjoying years of a beautiful, bright smile.

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What’s a Dental Emergency?

It may be obvious when you’re in a situation that requires immediate treatment by a dentist. Perhaps you’re in immense pain, or you’ve had a tooth knocked out or bleeding that won’t stop. Examples like this make it easy to decide you need help right away, but sometimes it’s not as clear. What are some other problems that may require emergency dental treatment?

Cracked teeth
A cracked or fractured tooth is serious, and often means that the tooth has been damaged both on the inside and the outside. Many times the tooth can’t be saved. If your tooth is broken, schedule an emergency appointment immediately. Remember, a cracked tooth is different than a chipped tooth, which is not as serious. You can usually wait to see your dentist at the next available opportunity for a chipped tooth.

Lost fillings
Some lost fillings require immediate care to avoid worse issues. Fillings protect your tooth’s root from exposure, so if the filling falls out your root can be uncovered and cause intense pain. There is also increased risk for damage to your tooth’s structure, so seeing your dentist as soon as possible is suggested.

Lost crown
If your crown falls out, call your dentist for an appointment as soon as possible. Until you can see the dentist, try putting the crown back in place using an over-the-counter dental adhesive. Do not use any products like Super Glue. If the crown won’t stay in place, make sure you take it to your appointment with you so that it can be re-cemented correctly.

Abscess
If you have a painful swelling on your gum that resembles a pimple, it might be a serious condition called an abscess. It can damage gum tissue and teeth, as well as spread serious infection to your body. See your dentist immediately for proper treatment.

 

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Smokeless Tobacco Does Not Mean It’s Harmless

Everyone knows that tobacco is harmful to your health, but many people believe that smokeless tobacco doesn’t fall into the same category. Just because it’s smokeless doesn’t mean it’s harmless. It’s dangerous for your overall health, but also for your oral health. Here are some possible oral health outcomes of using smokeless tobacco.

Tooth decay
Smokeless tobacco contains sugar, which combines with the plaque on your teeth to damage your tooth enamel and cause decay.

Receding gums
Placing chewing tobacco in your mouth at the same spot over and over can permanently damage your gums. It can also harm your bone structure. Your irritated gums may pull away from your teeth, expose your tooth roots, and leave your teeth painful and susceptible to decay. Receding gums sometimes also loosen your teeth and cause them to eventually fall out.

Tooth discoloration
Smokeless tobacco stains your teeth, causing embarrassing yellow and brown discoloration. It is extremely difficult to remove with normal brushing, and even professional teeth whitening may not completely remove these stubborn stains.

Bad breath
Your breath will suffer from tobacco products of any kind. Don’t be fooled into thinking that mint-flavored smokeless tobacco hides the problem.

Tooth abrasion
Smokeless tobacco can be gritty and scratch your teeth, wearing down the enamel. Loss of tooth enamel increases sensitivity and may require treatment.

Cancer
The consistent placement of tobacco inside your gums and the irritating juices accompanying it can cause a pre-cancerous condition called leukoplakia. All smokeless tobacco contains cancer-causing agents, which subject users to higher cancer risk in the oral cavity, larynx, esophagus, and pharynx.

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What’s Keeping You Up at Night?

More than 12 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea, a serious condition that compromises your rest and can impact your health. Some symptoms of sleep apnea include snoring, extreme daytime tiredness, mouth breathing, and irritability. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is the most common type of sleep apnea. Central sleep apnea, much less common, happens when the brain fails to signal your breathing muscles.

Characterized by short episodes of not breathing, which can occur from five to 50 times a night, obstructive sleep apnea is caused when the muscles in your throat relax and your airways become blocked as you sleep. Your brain senses the lack of breathing and wakes you briefly to restore airflow. These episodes disrupt sleep and keep you from feeling rested.

Not only does sleep apnea keep you from getting a good night’s rest, but it can also put your health at risk. Untreated sleep apnea has been linked to high blood pressure, risk of stroke, memory impairment, and weight gain. As well, your sleep partner may not get enough sleep because of your snoring and/or waking episodes.

If you suspect sleep apnea, talk with your dentist, who may recommend a sleep evaluation. Through overnight monitoring, a sleep specialist can determine if you suffer from sleep apnea. Treatment for sleep apnea may include lifestyle modifications such as weight loss, a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) mask, or an oral appliance. Your dentist can fit you for night guard that will hold your jaw in the correct position to keep your airways open.

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Teeth Whitening Trends

Nobody is happy with yellow or brown teeth. Ugly stains from smoking or consuming foods and drinks prone to discoloring your teeth can make you a good candidate for teeth whitening. There are many techniques available to restore your bright smile. The main two categories of teeth whitening are either at-home kits or professional treatment in a dental office. Let’s learn about these to see which you’d like to use to brighten your smile.

At-home teeth whitening
There are a variety of products you can try yourself to whiten your teeth. These treatments usually take a few weeks of use before your teeth are noticeably whiter. Also remember that most of these products cannot achieve as high of a level of whiteness as those performed professionally.

  • Kits – whitening kits contain a tooth mold and gel to place inside the mold. You wear the filled mold for about 30 minutes for 2-3 weeks.
  • Strips – thin whitening strips are coated with peroxide gel, and then you apply the strips directly to your teeth for 30 minutes for 14 days. Results become evident in a few days and last about four months.
  • Toothpaste – brushing with whitening toothpaste must be done consistently and you must be patient because reaching the desired outcome usually takes a couple of months.

Professional teeth whitening
Treatments done by a dentist are the fastest and most effective way to regain your pearly whites.

  • Laser whitening – the dentist coats your teeth with a hydrogen peroxide solution and then shines a laser light on them. This oxidizes the stains and gives them a whiter appearance.
  • Porcelain veneers – if your teeth are severely stained and other whitening techniques haven’t done the trick, your dentist may recommend porcelain veneers. These shells permanently cover your teeth and provide a beautiful smile.

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Why Choose a Dental Implant

Tooth loss is a common occurrence – millions of people suffer tooth loss – primarily as a result of gum disease, tooth decay or facial trauma. For years, the only treatment options available to those missing a tooth were partial dentures or bridges. Today, dental implants are available as an alternative. If you have lost a tooth, you may wonder why you should choose a dental implant over a bridge or partial denture.

Following are some of the advantages of dental implants:

  • Dental implants prevent bone loss. Without the tooth root, the bone of the jaw begins to shrink, or resorb, causing problems with remaining teeth and changing the shape of the face. Dental implants serve as replacement roots for the tooth, and continue to stimulate and preserve the bone. When an implant is used, the jawbone fuses to the metal implant in a process known as osseointegration, reducing bone shrinkage significantly.
  • Dental implants look better. They feel, look and function like your own natural teeth. Because they fuse directly with your bone, they become permanent, and with proper care, never need to be replaced.
  • Dental implants fit better. They are more comfortable and are easier to clean. Because they are so secure, you will speak more clearly and eat with greater confidence and comfort.
  • Dental implants will improve your oral health. Implants don’t affect the surrounding teeth the way a bridge does. Your natural teeth remain intact, allowing for easier greater health and cleaning around each tooth.
  • Dental implants are convenient. They never have to be removed to clean under them, nor do they need adhesives or wire to stay in place.
  • Dental implant surgery has a very high success rate. They are durable and can last a lifetime if you care for them properly.

If you are healthy enough to undergo an extraction of your tooth, you can generally be considered for dental implant surgery. You must have enough healthy bone and soft tissue to hold the implant. Talk to your dentist today if you have questions regarding dental implants and whether they are a right choice for you.

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Dentures dentist in Fresno

Questions and Answers about Dentures

An estimated 50 million Americans have lost all their teeth, and 69 percent of adults are missing at least one tooth. Without a full set of teeth, you may deal with alignment problems, dietary restrictions, and self-esteem issues. With modern dentures, your dentist can renew your appearance and improve oral health.

Dentures are prosthetic appliances created to replace missing teeth. Full dentures are rows of false teeth that cover the upper, lower, or both arches. If you still have some of your natural teeth, your dentist may suggest a partial denture, which fits into the empty space in your smile like a puzzle piece.

How do dentures feel?
At first, your prosthesis may take some getting used to, so give your mouth time to adjust. You may have some difficulty with pronunciation, but that will pass.

Will my dentures need to be replaced?
As we age, our mouth tissues change. Over time, your dentures may need to be repositioned, realigned, or entirely remade. Never make changes to your appliance; contact your dentist if something doesn’t seem right.

How do I care for my dentures?
To protect your dental appliance, handle the denture with care. When you take the device out, always store it safely in its case. Gently clean your dentures with mild soap and water to remove bacteria. Make sure to put the denture out of reach from small children or pets.

Do I still need to brush if I have dentures?
Absolutely. Your gums still need proper oral care, so brush them twice daily to keep the tissue healthy.

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Wisdom Teeth: Should They Stay or Should They Go?

Wisdom teeth, your third set of molars, are named that because they are the final teeth to erupt. They usually come in between ages 17 to 25, and are located in the very back of your mouth on the top and bottom. Your dentist will examine you to find out if your wisdom teeth are properly positioned and healthy. If they aren’t, your dentist will recommend removal.

How do you know wisdom teeth should be removed?
Some of the signs there is a problem with your wisdom teeth include pain, infection, cysts, gum disease, damage to nearby teeth, and tooth decay. If you experience any of these symptoms, see your dentist for an examination.

What are impacted wisdom teeth?
Sometimes your teeth just don’t have room to grow in properly. They can erupt at angles within your jaw, sometimes even horizontally. If wisdom teeth aren’t able to erupt normally they can become trapped, or impacted, inside your jaw. Symptoms of impacted wisdom teeth are pain, infection, and swelling. When teeth are impacted, they can lead to serious problems. Many dentists want to avoid impacted teeth and therefore remove your wisdom teeth before they erupt or grow too big.

Are there less obvious reasons to remove wisdom teeth?
It’s not always clear when these teeth way in the back of your mouth are causing problems, or might in the future. Many dentists remove them in teens or young adults so they don’t cause problems later, or become too firmly planted in the jaw. Also, sometimes wisdom teeth are removed as part of orthodontic, periodontal, or restorative treatment plans.

What happens if I don’t have them removed?
Some dentists prefer to wait and see what happens with time to your wisdom teeth. Make sure you continue to have these teeth monitored, because the risk of problems doesn’t go away with age. Removing wisdom teeth isn’t always necessary, because if there’s room in your mouth and they come in properly, they work just like any other teeth. The key is to watch them to make sure problems don’t arise in the future.

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Baby Teeth Basics

Babies obviously can’t take care of themselves, so parents have to handle all aspects of their care. Don’t forget their oral health! Parents need to lay the groundwork for lifelong good dental habits and healthy smiles for their children. Here are some answers to common questions about baby teeth.

Do baby teeth matter?
Primary, or baby, teeth are important. They help children chew naturally and speak clearly. They provide the place for adult teeth to grown in properly later.

Should I brush my baby’s teeth?
You should brush your baby’s teeth without toothpaste, using a small amount of water instead. Use a small, soft-bristled toothbrush at bedtime to remove plaque and bacteria from your baby’s teeth and gums.

When can I start using toothpaste?
Fluoride toothpaste can be implemented after age two, when a child can be trusted not to swallow the toothpaste. Only use a small amount of toothpaste, and watch the child carefully to ensure proper brushing and spitting out the toothpaste.

When should I take my child to the dentist?
Experts recommend taking your child to the dentist when their first tooth appears, or by their first birthday. Your child should be taken for dental visits every six months, or more often if your dentist has concerns.

Do I need a certain type of dentist for my child?
You may choose a pediatric dentist who has been trained specifically to treat children. Their goal is to teach children about oral hygiene and the importance of taking care of their teeth, as well as provide a comfortable experience in visiting the dentist. However, you may also choose a regular dentist to take care of your child’s oral health. It is up to you to decide which kind of dentist is right for your family.

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cosmetic dentistry

Types of “No-Prep” Veneers

Porcelain veneers have become a popular option in the past few years for dental patients who wish to brighten and repair their smile. While traditional porcelain veneers offer a lifelike quality and excellent durability, their placement usually requires the removal of some of the tooth surface enamel, which is an irreversible procedure.

A promising solution for patients who wish to avoid altering the tooth structure are no-prep or minimally invasive veneers. No-prep veneers offer the same advantages of traditional veneers but eliminate or reduce the need to grind, cut, or file down the teeth.

Lumineers are one of the most popular of the “no-prep” variety of veneers. Lumineers use an extremely thin veneer that is placed on the front side of your teeth. The placement of Lumineers does not require the modification of the natural tooth structure or the use of temporary veneers. Lumineers produce beautiful smiles for patients who prefer to not physically alter their teeth.

DURAthin veneers are similar to Lumineers in that they require no modification of the tooth structure or filing of the enamel. DURAthin veneers utilize very thin customized porcelain shells that match the shape and color of your teeth. These shells are roughly the width of a contact lens and are bonded to the front of your teeth. Because of their size and shape, DURAthin veneers are an ideal choice for correcting minor cosmetic dental issues.

Vivaneers are among the thinnest veneers available, making them easy to apply in as little as one office visit. Because they require no preparation to your natural tooth, there is no need for shots, drilling or anesthesia. If you are unhappy with the results, Vivaneers are easily reversible.

To find out if these or other “no-prep” veneer options would be a solution for improving your smile, schedule a consultation with a Fresno cosmetic dentist Dr. Smith .

Root canal treatment

Should an Endodontist Perform Your Root Canal Treatment?

An endodontist is a dentist who has undergone additional training specializing in saving teeth through treatments that involve the pulp and root of teeth. If you have been diagnosed by your family dentist with an infected tooth that requires root canal therapy, it would be logical to seek treatment by a dental professional who is specifically trained in root canal procedures. To find a qualified endodontist for your root canal treatment, consider the following:

  • Ask for a referral from your family dentist to an accredited diplomate of the American Board of Endodontics. You may also consider asking friends and family members who have undergone root canal therapy for recommendations of endodontists.
  • Inquire about the extent of the endodontist’s education and training as well as the number of root canal procedures they have performed. You will want to look for a doctor with an established practice and extensive track record of root canal experience.
  • Find out what type of equipment the doctor utilizes to ensure they are up-to-date on the most recent advances in endodontic therapy and dental technology.
  • Ask about the sedation and pain-relief options the endodontist provides for root canal patients.
  • Evaluate the endodontist and staff to determine if they make you feel comfortable, welcome, and are able and available to answer your questions.

Root canal treatment can be a stress-free and painless experience when performed by the right dental professional. Taking the time and effort to identify a qualified endodontist will help to ensure the ease and success of your procedure, and soon have you back on the road to a healthy smile.

 

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Caring for Your Dental Health during Pregnancy

When you are having a baby, you have a lot of your mind. Most expectant moms have to worry about doctor’s appointments, prenatal vitamins, morning sickness, and picking out names. It’s important to take good care of yourself during this special time. One area that may fall by the wayside is oral health.

Though you may not think it’s a priority, your dental health can impact your pregnancy. Because hormone levels are so high during pregnancy, you may be more susceptible to problems with gum disease. Studies have shown that untreated gum disease can contribute to pre-term births and low-birth weight babies.

Protect your wellbeing and your unborn child by:

  • Eat a balanced diet. Include foods that are rich in calcium, which will keep your dentition strong and help with your baby’s developing teeth.
  • Take time to brush and floss teeth daily. This kind of home routine may help prevent bleeding gums, which often flare up during pregnancy.
  • Watch the snacks. You may need to eat more frequently, but try to choose healthy options like fruits, veggies, and whole grains so that you are less likely to develop cavities.
  • See your dentist for a checkup. After the first trimester, make an appointment for a cleaning and exam. Though you won’t want to schedule X-rays or repairs during pregnancy, routine dental care is important and shouldn’t be avoided.
  • If an emergency situation does occur, contact your dentist right away. Remind the office that you are pregnant so that they can take precautions to ensure the safety of you and your baby.

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What is Preventative Dentistry, and why is it Important?

Preventative dental care simply means scheduling regular checkups and professional cleanings with your dentist, and making sure you spend adequate time brushing and flossing each day. It is the easiest and cheapest way to help keep your teeth and gums strong and healthy, and it helps decrease the likelihood of needing any costly restorative dental work, or emergency dental care.

The Importance of Regular Dental Checkups

Regular dental checkups are the best way for your dentist to detect any small signs of disease, usually before they have caused any unpleasant symptoms. Small cavities are easily and cheaply filled, and the early signs of gums disease can soon be treated before there is any lasting damage to your gums. This type of regular maintenance can also provide peace of mind, as you are less likely suffer from toothache.

Your dentist will want to take dental x-rays at regular intervals, usually every two years, but this can vary according to your dental health. These x-rays show hidden areas of your mouth, such as the contact points between teeth that can often develop cavities.

Professional Dental Cleanings

Professional dental cleanings are carried out by a hygienist, and remove all the hardened plaque from your teeth. Hardened plaque is called tartar or calculus and contains bacteria that produce toxins.  If tartar is not regularly removed then it will infect the gums, and will cause inflammation and gum disease. Regular cleanings help prevent this from happening, and keep your breath fresh. Your hygienist is also the best person to give advice on how to improve your brushing and flossing techniques, and can point out any areas of your mouth you might be missing during cleaning.

Once your teeth and gums are in reasonable condition, then regular preventative dental care can help keep them that way. This prolongs the life of your teeth, and will ensure your smile always looks its best.

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Some Fast Options for Smile Makeovers in Fresno

Are you looking to improve your smile but you don’t have a lot of time? Have you heard that smile makeovers are invasive and time-consuming? There are many options available to you for your smile makeover that are relatively short and sweet. If you are in good health but want to make improvements to your smile, these fast and easy options may be right for you.

Teeth bleaching (also known as whitening) is an extremely popular and very simple therapy for quickly brightening your smile. Many common foods and drinks we consume daily can slowly dim your smile by discoloring or staining your tooth enamel. Having your teeth whitened by your dentist can lighten your teeth by as many as ten levels in a single office visit, saving you time and effort.

Composite bonding can repair small problems like cracks, chips or irregular shapes in one visit. Bonding is done by hand by your dentist and requires excellent technique and materials, as well as the skill needed to match your natural tooth color.

Perhaps you need a little more extensive work done to achieve your dream smile, but you don’t have the time. Your dentist may be able to offer you a “snap-on” smile. This is a thin appliance that is placed on top of your natural teeth using nothing but your teeth as an anchor – no adhesives are necessary. These snap-on teeth can be made to mimic a celebrity’s teeth, or just better, straighter, whiter versions of your own. They can stay in all day during your regular activities, allowing you to get the benefits of a beautiful smile without the time of a more invasive treatment.

Talk to your dentist today about the treatments you can have done in a single office visit. Your friends, family and coworkers might not be able to immediately identify what “work” you had done, but you can rest assured everyone will notice your change in attitude and your gorgeous smile.

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Cosmetic Dentistry Treatments Offered by Your Family Dentist in Fresno

Thanks to advanced techniques and technology, your family dentist can now offer you and your family a wide variety of cosmetic dentistry treatments to help you achieve the smiles you desire. There is often no need to search for a specialized cosmetic dentist, as your family dentist can provide many of the cosmetic dental procedures right in their office.

Some of the cosmetic treatments you can expect to find at many family dentists include:

  • Professional teeth whitening is used to improve the appearance of stained or discolored teeth, can be completed in as little as one visit, and can lighten teeth up to ten shades.
  • Dental bonding with tooth-colored resin can be applied to repair discolored or chipped teeth.
  • Crowns and bridges can be placed to fix damaged or missing teeth and can be matched to the color, height, texture and overall appearance of your natural teeth.
  • Tooth-colored composite fillings come in multiple shades to match your natural tooth and are used as an attractive alternative to traditional silver or gold fillings.
  • Porcelain veneers are placed to conceal cracks, chips, and gaps and create a whiter, more perfect smile.
  • Inlays or onlays, also called indirect fillings, can be made of composite, tooth-colored material, are long-term, and are used on teeth with tooth decay or other damage needing larger coverage than a traditional filling.
  • Complete and partial dentures are used to replace missing teeth and create a more natural-looking smile.
  • Invisalign is an orthodontic solution used to straighten misaligned or crooked teeth.

Many of these procedures can be combined to create the beautiful and healthy smile you desire. Schedule a consultation with your family dentist to find out more about the cosmetic procedures they offer to help you achieve a winning smile.

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Did You Know Your Dental and Cardiovascular Health Are Connected?

Regular brushing and flossing helps maintain a healthy and attractive smile, but could save your life. Clinical studies have shown possible links between oral health and cardiovascular disease. Cardiovascular or heart disease is one of the main causes of death in the US. Many people with heart disease are completely unaware they have this condition. It might be hard to believe, but a simple oral care routine could help lower your risk of developing heart disease.

How Can Good Dental Hygiene Help?

The correct brushing techniques help get rid of plaque buildup and reduce the numbers of bacteria in your mouth. Daily flossing removes plaque from in between your teeth in areas that can’t be reached by your toothbrush. These oral hygiene tasks decrease your risk of gum disease, a condition linked to heart disease. It’s been found people with gum disease are nearly twice as likely to have heart disease compared to those with healthy gums. These patients are at higher risk of having a heart attack, and heart disease has also been linked to missing teeth. If you’re not sure how to brush and floss properly, ask your dentist in Fresno for advice and practical help.

The Connection between Your Heart and Mouth

Gum disease causes bleeding gums, enabling bacteria from your mouth to get into your bloodstream. Experts think these bacteria can contribute towards blockages in the arteries, while another theory centers on inflammation. Gum disease is an inflammatory condition, and once bacteria enter the bloodstream they can cause new sites of inflammation, increasing the risk of blood clots. This restricts blood flow and the transport of vital nutrients and oxygen to your heart.

Visit Your Dentist

The early stages of heart disease can cause very few, if any symptoms. As a result many people with this condition do not see a heart specialist until the latter stages of the disease. Regular visits to your dentist in Fresno will help detect any early signs of gum disease so it can be treated before affecting your general health.

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What Are the Differences between General and Pediatric Dentists?

Some people mistakenly believe there is no real difference between a general dentist and a pediatric dentist. In fact, choosing a good pediatric dentist who has been specifically trained to treat children’s teeth can be very beneficial. A pediatric dentist will know how to put anxious or nervous children at ease. This can help ensure they have a positive experience which can shape their attitude towards lifelong dental care.

Education

Pediatric dentists have first qualified as general dentists but have been chosen to undergo an additional two or three years training in treating infants, children, teenagers and children with special needs. This specialized training will have included a residency program. During this time a pediatric dentist in Fresno will have learned how to correctly diagnose issues and provide preventative dental care, how to teach oral hygiene to young children, and how to manage children’s behavior during their dental visits. In addition they will have been taught about the growth and development of children’s teeth, jaws and facial structures, and will have studied sedation techniques.

Treatments

Children have unique oral health issues, and pediatric dentists have been trained to identify any possible risks. Some of these can be due to oral habits such as thumbsucking or pacifier use, while others can be down to parental influence, particularly diet. A typical visit to a pediatric dentist in Fresno is likely to include an examination and teeth cleaning, as well as fluoride treatments if required. Your dentist can diagnose any problems such as cavities or broken teeth. They are also trained to help identify issues with tooth alignment and bite problems and can monitor and treat dental health issues due to gum disease, or to other general health problems such as diabetes.

Special Needs

Most general dentists are not trained to provide the level of care required by children with special needs. These children may have mental or physical challenges. A pediatric dentist can ensure they receive the best level of oral health care, as their issues often require a dentist with specialized knowledge.

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The Connection between Gum Disease and Breast Cancer

Approximately one in eight women will develop breast cancer at some point during their lifetime. Many women have yearly mammograms and carry out regular self-examinations from approximately aged 40 onwards. However recent studies suggest taking care of your teeth and gums could decrease your risk of developing breast cancer.

A study conducted at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden found women with missing teeth or gum disease could be up to 11 times more likely to develop breast cancer. Researchers followed more than 3,000 patients, 41 of whom developed breast cancer. This study is one of the first to link breast cancer with gum disease and tooth loss.

It’s not possible to eliminate all risk factors, but any dentist in Fresno will tell you tooth loss and gum disease is usually preventable. Gum disease is the number one cause of tooth loss in adults worldwide. It is caused when plaque is allowed to build up on the teeth, infecting and inflaming the gums. The infection and inflammation causes the gums pull away from the teeth, creating pockets that are difficult to keep clean and free from bacteria. Patients suffer from receding gums, and from bone loss around their teeth. Eventually the teeth will become loose and will either fall out on their own or will have to be extracted by your dentist in Fresno.

If you’d prefer to prevent gum disease and tooth loss, follow the tips below:

  • Brush at least twice a day and floss once a day
  • Use fluoride toothpaste and finish up with an antimicrobial mouth rinse
  • Eat a balanced diet containing plenty of nutrients to help gums heal
  • Visit your dentist for checkups and professional cleanings every six months, or more frequently if recommended
  • Quit smoking or using tobacco products

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A Look at No-Prep Dental Veneers

Dental veneers are very thin, tooth-colored wafers that can be made from porcelain or dental composite resin material. They are permanently bonded to your natural tooth’s surface in order to give your smile an even, uniform look and a beautiful smile. Dental veneers can correct problems such as crooked, gapped, misshapen, stained, discolored teeth, or teeth that are cracked, chipped or too short.

Standard dental veneers are applied after the cosmetic dentist removes a millimeter or more of the enamel of your natural tooth. This makes room for the bulk of the veneer wafer so that it won’t look artificial on top of the tooth. This step is where many patients are dissatisfied with the procedure; they don’t want to remove any of their enamel, because it can’t re-grow and removing it is permanent.

Because of this concern, a new type of dental veneer has been created known as a “no-prep” or “minimal preparation” veneer. This type of veneer is extremely thin, so thin that your cosmetic dentist doesn’t need to grind away any of your enamel, or at least a smaller amount than with standard veneers.

In many cases, if a patient’s natural teeth are spaced well and have a good shape, an extremely small amount of the teeth will need to be ground down to accommodate the minimal preparation veneer. Your cosmetic dentist will be able to determine the right amount to remove based on your particular teeth and on your smile goals.

If you’re wondering if your teeth make you a candidate for no-prep veneers, contact your cosmetic dentist today. Your specific smile needs will be addressed so you can move forward with the smile you’ve always wanted.

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Is a Pediatric Dentist Better for your Kids?

General dentists are trained and experienced in providing quality oral care to patients of all ages, but pediatric dentists focus on enhancing the oral health of children. If you are deciding which dentist your child should see, consider the benefits of pediatric dentistry.

Training

Pediatric dentists have advanced training catering to the unique needs and personalities of children. They learn to treat kids from infancy through adolescence. Part of their training involves undergoing a residency program that concentrates on all aspects of children’s oral care.

Preventive care

Teaching both parents and children about the importance of good dental hygiene and regular dental checkups is a key part of a pediatric dentist’s role. Preventive care is very important in training kids to make their oral health a lifelong priority. Pediatric dentists also provide instruction on good nutritional habits with your oral health in mind.

Comfort level

Children who start seeing the dentist from infancy have the best chances of being comfortable in a dentist’s chair and maintaining checkups. There is also a decreased risk of serious oral health problems, because issues can be caught early. Pediatric dentists focus on creating positive relationships with their patients and making the dental experience a positive one. In fact, many pediatric dental offices are designed and decorated with kids in mind.

Technology

Most pediatric dentists are up-to-date on the newest technologies and advancements in children’s dental care. There is a higher likelihood of a pediatric dentist knowing the cutting edge treatment for kids than a general dentist. A good example of this is sedation dentistry, which helps anxious children become more relaxed and comfortable in a dental environment if needed.

Transitions

As your child transitions though each stage of oral health, a pediatric dentist can see kids through those changes. This includes having no teeth as infants, baby teeth as young children, and then permanent teeth as adolescents. If complications occur, the pediatric dentist is there to help guide the child’s oral health to the next stage as safely and painlessly as possible.

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Dealing with Tetracycline Stains on Teeth

Tetracycline is a popular antibiotic used to treat infections, but it can negatively impact the appearance of teeth. The medicine may cause dark stains if prescribed to pregnant women or to young children whose teeth are still forming. The resulting stains can be brown or grey and may partially or completely cover the tooth.

People with tetracycline stained teeth can often feel self-conscious about smiling. If you are affected there’s no need to put up with this, as your dentist in Fresno can recommend options for treating or hiding the stains. Sometimes teeth whitening will be effective, but otherwise porcelain veneers can successfully hide stains and can be a great choice for restoring your smile.

In the past, teeth whitening treatments were often ineffective against tetracycline stains as they are intrinsic, which means the stains are inside the tooth. Nowadays repeated laser whitening sessions at your dentist, and the use of stronger bleaching gels can sometimes work if the stains are not particularly bad.

However it’s far more common to cover-up tetracycline stains with porcelain veneers. These are thin shells of porcelain that cover the front surfaces of your teeth, providing a gorgeous white smile. The veneers are durable and stain resistant and will blend in beautifully with your natural teeth.

Your dentist in Fresno will need to prepare the teeth for veneers, through removing a tiny amount of tooth surface. Next, they will take dental impressions to send to the laboratory so your veneers can be custom-made. In the meantime your prepared teeth may be covered up with temporary veneers, and this is a great chance to get a preview of your new smile. Your next appointment will be for fitting the veneers, and it’s possible your dentist will need to make minor adjustments before they look absolutely perfect and can be permanently bonded in position.

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Trends in Cosmetic Dentistry

Dentistry is no longer just about pain control and oral hygiene. It doesn’t only include traditional dental care, but also many treatments that achieve the goal of cosmetic improvements. There are lots of reasons that cosmetic dentistry is appealing to patients. Some of these are decay, tooth loss, enamel loss, weak gums, teeth grinding, crooked teeth, improper bite, and oral trauma.

To deal with these problems, let’s learn about some treatments that help.

Implants

Tooth loss is more common than most people think. From accidents to tooth decay to other issues, once missing teeth occur it’s time to think about restoration options. Dental implants provide permanent, comfortable, and natural results. Typically made of titanium, implants are attached directly to the jaw during surgery. The implants fuse with the jaw and when healing is complete, an artificial tooth is attached on top to complete the restoration.

Bonding

Damaged teeth can be corrected with dental bonding, in which a putty-like material is applied to the tooth’s surface and bonded with a special light. Bonding restores chipped or fractured areas so that they look as good as new.

Contouring

For patients who aren’t interested in braces or more extensive dental work, contouring is a painless way to correct crooked, damaged, or unevenly spaced teeth. In just one visit, the dentist can alter teeth by removing small amounts of tooth structure to change the length, position, or shape of teeth. Significant results can be achieved with minimal reduction. Chips and fractures can be smoothed, and angles can be rounded to improve smiles.

Veneers and whitening

Dental veneers can be attached to the fronts of teeth to hide various flaws, providing long-lasting smile improvements. There are a variety of teeth whitening methods available through cosmetic dentists, which can dramatically change tooth color and brighten smiles.

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