Composite veneers – The affordable one day option

composite veneers

Composite veneers are thin shells, hand shaped with composite resin material and bonded to the front surfaces of teeth. They can change the shape, size, color, and texture of a natural tooth. They can remove the need for white crowns, teeth whitening, braces, or porcelain veneers. This affordable treatment alternative to porcelain veneers can be… Read more »

How a Custom Mouth Guard Protects Your Oral Health

custom mouth guard

Custom oral appliances alleviate symptoms caused by a number of conditions, including bruxism, sleep apnea, TMD, and more. Your dentist can fabricate a mouth guard that fits snugly over your teeth, providing maximum protection and comfort. In this article, we’ll explore the value of a custom mouth guard and explore topics such as: Bruxism, or… Read more »

How a Dental Implant Crown Works

dental model showing implants and crowns

Dental implants have long been considered the most reliable and durable way to replace teeth available. These titanium posts are placed into the jawbone during an oral surgery procedure. Once a dental implant fixture has healed, it can be restored with a crown, which can be used just like a natural tooth. In this article,… Read more »

Smile Transformation: The Planning Process

Smile Transformation planning

A smile transformation can enhance your overall appearance and give your confidence a boost. Also referred to as a smile makeover, a transformation combines multiple cosmetic procedures into one comprehensive treatment. Since the dawn of modern dentistry, individuals have had the desire to improve the aesthetics of their smile. Today’s advanced methods and materials allow… Read more »

What Causes Short Teeth | How Are They Addressed?

short teeth

Upper front teeth normally are 20% longer than they are wide. If this length to width ratio is closer to 1:1, the teeth will appear short or boxy and can make the smile appear unbalanced and not symmetrical. The appearance of short teeth is caused mainly by heavy wear, how the gum lays over the… Read more »

Tooth enhancement | Options for making teeth look better

Front tooth enhancements

Cosmetic dental work comes at a cost, but the benefits are well worth it. The goals of a cosmetic dentist are to enhance a tooth or multiple teeth and improve your quality of life. There are many types of tooth enhancement that a skilled dentist can render. Common cosmetic dental goals are to improve a tooth’s:… Read more »

Plaque vs Tartar: What is the Difference?

Plaque vs Tartar

Plaque vs tartar. You probably know both dental terms. You may even understand that they are both bad for your teeth and oral health. The terms are related but not interchangeable. What’s the Difference Between Plaque vs Tartar? Before your next visit to the dentist, it wouldn’t hurt to brush up on some dental terms…. Read more »

Metals in Dentistry: Exploring Biocompatibility

metals in dentistry

Metals in dentistry are used to create a variety of restorations, from fillings and crowns to bridges and dental implants. Not all metals are created equal. Some are biocompatible, which means they aren’t harmful to living tissue. In contrast, some metals can be detrimental to health over time. Here, we’ll explore some of the most… Read more »

Fake ceramic teeth | Do they look real?

Ceramic teeth

Many patients ask for fake ceramic teeth to hide their smile problems. Dentists call these fake restorations, prosthetics, bridges, crowns and veneers. We understand that all of these options use ceramic to replace or cover teeth. Fake isn’t always bad, especially after you have suffered trauma or a lost tooth.  What are ceramics? Dental ceramics and… Read more »

Make my smile look better | Six ways to do it

Make my smile look better

It may be time to see a professional if you’re tired of trying to hide your smile or fed up with costly dental gimmicks that fail to deliver. We have compiled a list of 6 ways you can make your smile look better.  In the past, patients were very limited in ways they could correct… Read more »

Cosmetic veneers | Which type is best for you?

Cosmetic veneers

Do you dream of a dazzling “Hollywood” smile? A smile makeover with cosmetic veneers can give you a stunning smile, but there are several types to choose from. They can be made with composite resin or porcelain. The first question to answer is deciding which material is best for you, porcelain or composite resin. Choose… Read more »

Best Crowns for teeth – How dentists choose types

best crowns for teeth

Has your dentist told you it’s time to repair a broken or damaged tooth? Or maybe you are interested in getting crowns as a cosmetic option to hide your smile imperfections? There are many types of dental crown materials. How do you know which option is the best crown selection for your situation? With several… Read more »

Why are crowns so expensive?

porcelain crowns

If you are about to have a dental crown placed, you may be asking, “Why are crowns so expensive?” The cost of dental crowns can range in price from $1000 to $3000 based on quality. Quality is measured by longevity and how well it replicates the former tooth it replaced. Let’s review the cost factors and… Read more »

How long does a crown last?

How long does a crown last

A common question that dentists receive is, “How long does a crown last?”.  There are many factors that can affect how long a crown lasts. Service longevity of dentistry depends mostly on the quality of the dentistry, oral hygiene, and abuse to the restoration. Crowns will last five years on the short end and 20… Read more »

Bonding vs veneers | Advantages and disadvantages to each

tooth bonding vs veneers

Problem: “I’ve been told that bonding is just as good as getting veneers, but it costs less. I’m not sure which one is right for me.”  Treatment planning for smile makeovers usually includes a discussion of using bonding vs veneers. The answers vary from patient to patient. Solution: “You need to learn what bonding and veneers can… Read more »

Top reasons you need a crown

Front tooth enhancements

We are often asked by patients, “why can’t I have a bigger filling?” When old fillings break, your dentist will evaluate how much of the original tooth remains. Usually if 50% or less remains, a crown (also called a cap) is recommended. This article explores in more detail the many reasons for crowns. Despite our… Read more »

Enhance your smile | What are the treatment options?

enhance your smile

A smile is one of the first things we notice when talking to others. A pretty smile can exude confidence while a bad smile can have others questioning your oral health. If there are things that you wish you could change about your smile Dr. James Fondriest can help. Dr. Fondriest specializes in cosmetic dentistry… Read more »

Teeth clenching | Causes, Side effects, Treatments

Clench your teeth

Do you clench your teeth for no apparent reason? Many people perform this action subconsciously. Some may do it during stressful situations, while others may only do it during their sleep. Teeth clenching can have detrimental effects on your teeth. Your overall health can also be severely impacted. Breaking the habit while awake is not nearly… Read more »

Black gums | Causes and treatment

Amalgam tattoo

Are you noticing black spots on your gums? Your eyes aren’t deceiving you. There are various reasons why your gums may have black spots or appear black in color. The key to treating this issue is finding out what is responsible for the different color. Occasionally black gums can be a cosmetic issue when they… Read more »

Dark teeth | Cover them with cosmetic dental magic

woman covering teeth

Dark teeth can have a negative impact on your life. You may avoid speaking to others or always smile with your mouth closed for photos. If you find yourself going out of your way to hide your teeth then it’s time to make some changes.  What effects can dark teeth have on your life? An… Read more »

Translucent teeth | Loss of enamel

translucent teeth in smile

Are you wearing the enamel off of your front teeth? As teeth get thin from enamel loss, they become translucent. Translucent teeth appear thin around the edges and are white grey in color. Once the outer enamel layers begin to thin, the teeth are more susceptible to injury. There are various explanations for why the teeth… Read more »

Do veneers make your breath smell?

Do veneers make your breath smell

Porcelain veneers can correct a multitude of dental issues ranging from chipped or broken teeth to severely stained or discolored teeth. If your veneers are creating a new issue like bad breath then it’s time to see your dentist for treatment. Do veneers make your breath smell? It’s possible, but several more factors may be… Read more »

Dental fluoride treatment | Why is it important?

dental fluoride treatments

Have you ever wondered why your dentist recommends dental fluoride treatments with each dental cleaning? Maybe you have never considered this treatment as necessary. Today, we will discuss what fluoride is, it’s benefits, and why it is highly recommended for both children and adults. While some people seem to be immune from cavities, most dentists… Read more »

How long does a tooth bridge last?

tooth bridge

When considering followup treatment for an extraction, your dentist will often suggest a tooth bridge as the best option. This restoration replaces missing teeth. All dentistry has a cost and required treatment time. When comparing all treatment options, it is appropriate to ask, “how long does a tooth bridge last?” One question our patients ask is, “How… Read more »

Gum Receding Around Crown | Causes, Solutions

Gum receding around crown

Problem: “I have gum receding around a crown. The tooth root feels sensitive when heat or cold comes in contact with it, and the crown itself looks unhealthy.  Solution: “Your problem is more common than you might think, and treatment is possible. You need to find a dentist who can perform a gum graft to… Read more »

Discolored Teeth | The best way to whiten them

discolored teeth

Problem: “My discolored teeth make me look unhealthy and unattractive, so I’m embarrassed about my smile. I want to whiten my teeth, but I don’t know the best product or treatment for my dental stains.” Solution: “Your tooth stains can be corrected, but there are many types of tooth whitening products on the market. When… Read more »

Closing Diastemas | Causes and treatment options

Diastema

Have your talked to your dentist about closing diastemas between your teeth? What do Madonna, Samuel L. Jackson, and 50 Cent have in common? Not much, but they do all share a dental feature called a diastema. A diastema is any noticeable space between teeth. Most people won’t see a gap between molars or other hidden… Read more »

Metal under crown | Dark edge is showing

Metal under the crown showing

The metal under a crown is showing Problem: The metal under a crown is showing. It appears like a black line where the gum meets the tooth. “That tooth looks completely fake now, and I’m embarrassed when people see it. I’ve started to intentionally not open my mouth wide in public. Help!” Solution: It sounds… Read more »

Tooth Bridges | Types, Uses, and Alternatives

cleaning dental bridges

Problem: “I’ve lost some teeth and need to have them replaced. I am missing two upper lateral incisors. Will a tooth bridge be the best choice for me, or is another option better?” Solution: “A tooth bridge, also called a dental bridge, fixed bridge, or bridgework, replaces lost teeth following tooth decay or gum disease…. Read more »

Crowns that look real | How to find quality

Crowns that look real

Modern dentistry has come a long way. Now, restorations can completely cover a tooth in a ceramic material that matches natural teeth. Emerging technological advances in porcelains and advanced techniques from master ceramists are allowing crowns that look real to be created. We welcome you to view our Before & After Gallery. You will see dozens… Read more »

Chewing Difficulties | 5 Common Causes

Chewing difficulties

Problem: “My mouth doesn’t do a good job of crushing food. I’m having chewing difficulties, and it’s causing problems. For instance, I only want to eat alone because I may have to spit out food or have problems swallowing. I’m also concerned about digestion and nutrition; could this problem cause more serious issues for me?”… Read more »

What are veneers and how can they help?

What are veneers

What are veneers? Veneers are very thin shells that are bonded to the tooth. The thin shells cover the fronts of teeth and literally transform your smile. They can mask cosmetic problems or enhance the size and shape of your teeth. The treatment is very customizable. Advances in dentistry allow the shells to be made so… Read more »

Veneers Before and After Experience

porcelain veneers after treatment

The Veneer Before and After Experience Our website is full of porcelain veneers before and after photos. We would love to add your photo to our treatment example gallery. Many patients are stunned to see their transformation. Your cosmetic dentist takes all of the photos for our website. Nothing is altered or borrowed from another dentist. You… Read more »

Best Smile | Tips to improve your dental appearance

Best smile

Tip #1: Maintaining Your Best Smile Is Easier Than Treating It For better or worse, we are judged on the appearance of our teeth. When it comes to retaining your best smile, Mother Nature often works against us. The protective layer of enamel that coats our teeth thins with age. This natural process allows the… Read more »

Seamless dental restorations that blend with nature

Seamless restorations

Have you seen people with really bad dental work? Veneers that make teeth look huge or thick crowns with dark lines at the gum line. Do you want your dental work to disappear, to be truly not perceptible to the eye? To have seamless dental restorations done, you must work with a proven, respected, and… Read more »

Teeth Makeover | Benefits, Options, Procedures

Transformational makeover

TV shows like Extreme Makeover play off a familiar idea. Sometimes, a drastic change can be a good thing. Undergoing a cosmetic teeth makeover can have long reaching benefits, from better oral and overall health to more self confidence. Undergoing one treatment at a time can actually leave you paying more. You’ll make more trips… Read more »

Natural Looking Crowns for a Restored Smile

Natural Looking Crowns for a Restored Smile

There’s a reason that dental crowns have a name fit for a king. The custom crown serves many needs. Even more, today’s dental restorations are natural looking. You may need a crown to fix deep tooth decay. Perhaps you want straighten a crooked tooth. Our doctor will deliver a natural looking crown that fits, functions,… Read more »

Spaces between teeth | Fill Gaps in smile

Fill spaces between teeth

Do you have gaps in your smile or anywhere in your mouth? Some individuals embrace this trait. Others, however, may wish to fill spaces between the teeth for a more uniform appearance. Let’s discuss why extra space can occur between the teeth, and explains how to address the issue with cosmetic dentistry. Why Do I… Read more »

How long do veneers last?

Improve my smile

How long do veneers last? They are an excellent option for those looking to improve their smile dramatically. They cover a multitude of issues, such as gaps, cracks, discoloration, chips, decay, and even misaligned or worn down teeth. These covers create a durable, dazzling, natural looking smile. Depending on your situation and needs, veneers can… Read more »

E max crowns: Crowns that look like real teeth

E Max Crowns that look like real teeth

Do your porcelain crowns look like real teeth? Are they indistinguishable from nature? Not all crowns look alike, and not all dentists create a natural look. Our office proudly offers advanced E Max dental crowns. A dental crown is named after the top part of your tooth, which it’s built to restore. Your tooth’s crown… Read more »

The Importance of Flossing

Flossing and Why You Really Need to Do It

Ask dental patients about brushing, and most everyone will tell you it’s an essential aspect of oral healthcare. Unfortunately, many individuals don’t place the same importance on flossing. One study conducted by the National Institutes of Health found that 68 percent of American adults floss at least once every week, while Delta Dental reports that… Read more »

The Family Photo from a Dentist’s Perspective

Pretty Smiles for the family photo

Do you spend a great deal of holiday time stressing, not about Christmas shopping, tree decorating, or cookie baking, but simply on how you are going to get your kids or grandkids, or even your husband, to smile at your annual family photo session? Many moms feel frazzled during the holiday season, trying to achieve… Read more »

Relief for Your Jaw Pain

Relief for Jaw Pain

Are you seeking relief for jaw pain? Have you been waking up with headaches, and feeling unrested? Maybe you have noticed a popping sound when you open your mouth wide, or a ringing in your ears. Do your jaws hurt when you open your mouth or yawn? Are your teeth suddenly extra sensitive to cold… Read more »

Gum problems | 80% Of Americans Have It

gum problems

A gum problem (periodontal disease) is a chronic infection of the gums. It is caused by bacterial plaque that accumulates on teeth and destroys the gums.  Plaque can accumulate on teeth if proper oral hygiene habits are not observed, although some people are simply more prone to plaque buildup than others. Various medications and health… Read more »

The Human Touch

Boutique dentist with a human touch

It’s amazing just how far the field of dentistry has evolved thanks to modern day technology and science. For dental professionals today, it’s not enough to just keep your patients’ teeth clean. Continuing education courses and countless hours and dollars are constantly being spent to ensure that patients receive the most up-to-date, comprehensive, and high-quality… Read more »

Regular Dental Visits

Regular dental visits

If you’re careful about maintaining good dental health, then you may already be familiar with the importance of sticking to a schedule of regular dental visits and cleaning appointments. For instance, routine professional care is needed to keep harmful plaque and tartar at bay, which prevents harmful oral bacteria from damaging your teeth and gums…. Read more »

Types of Mouthwash | Different uses and therapeutic purposes

Types of Mouthwash

Did you know that there isn’t just one type of mouthwash? In fact, some mouthwashes have a specialized purpose and require a prescription for purchase. In other words, not all mouth rinses were created equal, and this blog is meant to explain the key differences. To teach his patients about the types of mouthwash, Dr…. Read more »

Foods to Avoid with TMJ – or make it worse

Foods to Avoid with TMJ

Many people experience discomfort with their jaw joints or TMJ pain when they open their mouth wide? This article lists foods to avoid if you have jaw joint pains. This disorder is a serious condition that affects the joints in your jaw. This causes patients great discomfort and pain, which is why managing it is incredibly… Read more »

Does weak enamel run in families?

Weak enamel

Does weak enamel run in families? Tooth enamel is the hardest substance in your body. It protects your inner tooth (the dentin and pulp) from decay. Mature enamel consists of 96 percent minerals, 3 percent water, and 1 percent organic material. It is hard and tough, yet decay or caries remains a chronic disease in… Read more »

Close my diastema | Can you fix my gapped teeth?

Gapped Teeth

Can my dentist close the diastema between my teeth without braces? Spaces between teeth, sometimes called diastemas are larger than usual spaces between two teeth (also known as gapped teeth). Though these gaps pose no threat to your oral health, it’s appearance can hurt your confidence in your smile. Because it’s technically an arrangement issue,… Read more »

Replace Teeth – What are the best ways?

Best Way to Replace Teeth

Do you need to replace teeth? Even the loss of one tooth can present a multitude of challenges, both restorative and cosmetic. Advanced age is a leading risk factor for losing teeth. Over years and decades, our jawbone density naturally lowers. The chances of gum disease or tooth decay compromising a tooth also increase with… Read more »

All About Dental Cleanings

preparing for a dental visit

Brushing twice daily with fluoride toothpaste and flossing once a day are certainly important steps to keeping your smile beautiful, but it’s also important to schedule professional dental cleanings and checkups every six months. Our Lake Forest dentist Dr. James Fondriest wants you to know the benefits of regular dental preventative care examinations and how… Read more »

Minimal Exposure to Dental Radiation Is Not Harmful

Dr. Fondriest and our team understand that about half of Americans avoid dental visits, but we’re here to relieve your fears and misconceptions. A common reason for avoiding dental visits is fear of being exposed to too much radiation during dental x-rays. Although this used to be a legitimate fear, technology has improved so much… Read more »

No-Prep Veneers | Less enamel removed

No-preparation veneers

If you are exploring porcelain veneers to address your smile concerns, you should know that there are two major categories options: traditional regular prep or no-prep veneers. Are you looking for less invasive alternatives to traditional dental veneer treatment? Cosmetic bonding may be right right for you. There are many low prep and no-prep veneer options… Read more »

The Pros And Cons of Mouthwash

Pros And Cons of Mouthwash

Mouthwash seems like a magical fix all. If you are too tired or lazy to brush your teeth, mouthwash can be a quick fix. After all, it is easy, tastes good, and leaves you with fresh breath — but is mouthwash good or bad for you? Some say good because it can help fight plaque… Read more »

Are veneers worth it? Outcome worth the cost

Are veneers worth it?

Achieve a completely new looking smile without years and years of cosmetic dental work. Porcelain veneers are often called “instant orthodontics” because the cosmetic results are similar to those offered through orthodontic treatments. Unlike metal braces or Invisalign, veneers can reshape your smile in two short visits. The goal of this article is to show… Read more »

Gummy Smile | Permanent solutions for this common problem

Gummy smile

Generally speaking, when people think about poor smile quality, they think about issues with teeth. With that said, some patients will actually have issues because of their gums of the upper jaw. When the amount of gum tissue exposure is too great when you smile, it is called a gummy smile. If you have too… Read more »

Teeth Veneers can transform your smile

teeth veneers

For patients who need a convenient but effective method for improving their smile, teeth veneers are an ideal option. They address a wide variety of cosmetic concerns, but they do so with minimal changes to your natural teeth. Today, we veneer teeth and what makes them one of the most popular and effective cosmetic dentistry… Read more »

How to remove plaque from teeth

how to remove plaque from teeth

Did your dentist ever really show you how to remove plaque from your teeth? Dental plaque is the sticky, uncomfortable biofilm that forms around your gum line just hours after brushing your teeth. It’s the product of hundreds of types of oral bacteria gathering in your mouth. When left unattended, it can quickly calcify into… Read more »

How Much Do You Know About Cavities?

Most of you probably think there is not much more to know about cavities other than that they’re caused by eating too much sugar, they are a black hole in your tooth, they hurt, and you have to have them filled. But there is plenty more to know about tooth decay than that. Take our… Read more »

Bonding & contouring teeth

Bonding & contouring teeth

Smile improvement is an important aspect of professional dentistry because your confidence in your smile is as important as its overall health. However, when improving your smile’s appearance, it’s just as important to make sure that you preserve a maximum amount of healthy, natural tooth structure for the good of your long-term oral health. To… Read more »

Bright white smile | Erase those stains

Teeth whitening for a bright white smile

Do you want a bright white smile? Stains and discolorations cause a lot of people to feel insecure about their smiles. Has insecurity about your teeth held you back in business or your personal life? It’s hard to muster confidence to try new things and meet new people, when you’re busy hiding imperfections in your… Read more »

Zirconia Crowns | What type of Zirconium crown is best?

Zirconium crowns

Modern patients and dentists prefer realistic esthetics and frequently opt for beautiful zirconia crowns. Zirconia is considered a metal. Although it is listed as a ceramic it has more of the characteristics of metals. There are two main types of crowns that are used for different situations. One type is for cosmetic situations and the… Read more »

What Does A Whiter Smile Mean For You?

Whiter Smile

You may think about how wonderful you would feel with a whiter smile. However, when you think about this term, you wonder: Is there some universal “white” that we aim for? What if you don’t really need to whiten everything, so you worry about trying to explain your needs? We remind you that we will… Read more »

Cure Bad Breath | Causes and Cures

to cure bad breath

Are you searching for ways to cure bad breath? When your mouth odor is noticeably bad, it can be a seemingly endless source of embarrassment. When it doesn’t go away, that embarrassment can turn into worry about what may be causing your condition. While bad breath is sometimes no big deal (such as after eating… Read more »

Tooth stains that don’t bleach or respond to whitening

tooth stains that don't whiten

Tooth stains that don’t bleach Do you have tooth stains that don’t bleach? With today’s advanced cosmetic dentistry treatments, most smile concerns can be improved effectively and efficiently. For instance, if your teeth are stained, then you may be able to brighten them with professional teeth whitening. However, if your teeth have more stubborn discolorations… Read more »

Dental Veneers | Benefits, Lifespan, Treatment Process

dental veneers

One of the best things about dental veneers is that they can fix your smile’s appearance in several different ways. They can save you from needing multiple procedures to address different issues. Besides appearance, veneers are also beneficial due to the fact that they don’t require extensive tooth preparation. They also can help your front… Read more »

POM Crowns | Durable and beautiful dental restorations

POM crowns

Dental crowns are used every day in dentistry. Many don’t realize that crowns vary in how they are designed, how they fit, and how long they last. Each restoration is custom made to meet the needs of the individual. There are several different types of dental crowns. You may have heard your dentist suggest POM… Read more »

Dental Bridgework – Benefits and Drawbacks

How long does a tooth bridge last

There are different ways of replacing missing teeth. Tooth replacement can be accomplished with implants or a permanent bridge. Tooth loss is one of the most destructive issues that can affect your smile. It can be caused by aggressive dental diseases, or simply the teeth is lost due to trauma. Unfortunately, tooth loss is common… Read more »

Mouth Odor | What causes it and how is it treated

Man with mouth odors

Mouth odors can be embarrassing, and if you’re aware of it, then it can cause you to limit interactions with other people or avoid face to face conversations altogether. Do you have mouth odors that don’t seem to go away? We are not referring to simple morning breath that many people have. Many people have… Read more »

Hypodontia: Replacing Congenitally Missing Teeth

patient with Hypodontia

If you are someone dealing with hypodontia, then this is likely a term with which you’re already very familiar. In short, it means that due to heredity, you have not developed one or several permanent teeth. When teeth fail to grow, you are left with an adult smile with open spaces in it. Of course,… Read more »

Hairline Cracks in Teeth: How to Stop Them from Growing Worse

cracked tooth vector illustration

Healthy teeth are incredibly strong, and the enamel that protects them is the most resilient substance your body produces. Nevertheless, undue pressure or accidental trauma can still wear down or crack a tooth, and when that happens, repairing it is a time-sensitive process. As you continue to bite and chew, the crack will grow worse… Read more »

Cosmetic Dentistry when You Have Bruxism

Cosmetic Dentistry when you Have Bruxism

Smile improvement is something that most of us consider at some point in our lives. With today’s advanced techniques and dental technologies, more people can enjoy cosmetic dentistry when you have bruxism. However, some things can affect your smile’s appearance without you realizing it, or can impact the success of your cosmetic dental treatment. For… Read more »

White fillings that blend with the tooth

Tooth fillings

Cavities are common problems even today. The vast majority of Americans have had tooth decay. Fortunately, cavities aren’t typically difficult to deal with, especially if they’re detected and treated early. In many cases, treating cavities is easier with the help of tooth colored, white fillings. White fillings not only blend in with your natural teeth,… Read more »

Morning Breath | When it lasts all day

Morning Breath

Is your breath less than fresh when you wake up in the morning? Or worse, is your breath is bad throughout the rest of the day despite brushing and flossing. Mouth odor in the morning is normal and natural. A buildup of oral bacteria is the cause. Yet, after brushing away those bacteria, any lingering… Read more »

Tooth pain and how to relieve it

Man with tooth pain

Do you have tooth pain? When it comes to your dental health, things are often more than they seem at first glance. For instance, what seems like a minor tooth stain might actually be signs of internal tooth infection. Likewise, what seems like nothing more than minor toothache could actually be a sign of something… Read more »

Tongue Thrusting

Tongue Thrusting: How does your child swallow?

Did you know that 20 to 80 percent of orthodontic patients throughout the U.S. present with some form of tongue thrust? Do you know what tongue thrusting is? Babies are born with this natural “extrusion reflex” for survival. When their lips are touched, they extend their tongue expecting the breast or bottle.  Within the first… Read more »

Care for bonded teeth | Hygiene, oral habits

Care for bonded teeth

Cosmetic dental bonding is a simple and common way to improve the look of your front teeth. Bonding is typically used to close spaces between natural teeth, replace worn enamel, re-shape crooked or misaligned teeth, repair broken teeth, and cover stains that tooth whitening treatments cannot remove. While white fillings work well and looks great,… Read more »

Gum Recession | Is it inevitable?

gum recession

Your gums are crucial for supporting the roots and crowns of your teeth. Their soft tissues offer protection from harmful oral bacteria in plaque and extreme temperature fluctuations. They also play an active role in keeping teeth firmly in place and aligned. Therefore, gum recession, or shrinking gum lines, is an issue that must be… Read more »

Flossing your teeth is very important

flossing your teeth

Do you brush your teeth regularly? Perhaps you wouldn’t think of skipping a brushing. There are many people that brush religiously, yet do not floss. Less than half of Americans floss daily and 10 percent don’t floss at all. Both brushing and flossing are important to your dental health. Flossing helps prevent cavities, gingivitis, and… Read more »

Jaw Pain Causes | Pain when chewing

chronic jaw pain

Chronic jaw pain or pain when chewing are serious chronic problems for millions of patients. There are many causes that are not related to tooth problems. Unlike toothaches, the cause of facial pain isn’t always easy to diagnose. A thorough examination will reveal the exact cause of your condition.  It is often caused by issues… Read more »

Tooth replacement | Replace lost teeth with bridges-implants

tooth replacement with dental implants

We may never be able to completely prevent the loss of a tooth for everyone. The good news is that today’s dentistry offers a wealth of preventive measures and tooth replacement options. It also offers highly lifelike materials and techniques for tooth replacement so that patients can regain their confidence in their smiles. If you… Read more »

Tooth Loss | How to cope with it

coping with tooth loss

Tooth loss can be a frightening thing as an adult. It can cause feelings from embarrassment to frustration, and leave you with a general sense of uneasiness. After all, do you know what caused the tooth loss, or if you will soon lose more? How will you be able to chew, and will it ever… Read more »

Cavity Prevention | Are You Immune To Cavities?

cavities occur without good cavity prevention

Is it Decay Immunity or just good Cavity Prevention? Tooth decay is an international chronic infectious health disease in industrialized and developing countries, especially in young children. Early Childhood Caries (ECC) begins early in life, progresses rapidly, and causes immediate and long-term effects. People suffering from tooth decay can also suffer pain, lack of self-esteem,… Read more »

Strong Enamel – The Secret of Healthy Teeth

There is no secret, one time trick to keep your teeth healthy for life. A healthy mouth requires a lifetime commitment of routine care to protect your teeth and gums. What many people don’t realize, however, is that teeth also have their own protection. A protective layer that keeps the vulnerable inner tooth from being… Read more »

Cleaning dental bridges | Techniques vary with type of bridge

cleaning dental bridges

Many people do not know how to clean a dental bridge. Tooth loss is never an ideal circumstance, but when life happens, restorative dentistry can restore a full, functional smile. Thankfully, with the number of tooth replacement methods available, restoring your smile is relatively simple. One of the more common dental restorations is a dental… Read more »

Lost gum from between teeth

Lost gum from between teeth

Have you lost gum from between your teeth? If you look at any magazine photo or advertisement you will see cosmetically beautiful smiles with uniform, straight teeth. The smiles you see in these magazines do not have gaps or spaces. If you have tiny triangles between two or more of your teeth, you may feel… Read more »

Black Line at Base of Crown

Darkness at Gumline

It almost looks like you might have black gums above your crown. But the hygienist says that you have healthy gums and certainly no gum disease. So if your oral health is good, then what could that darkness at the gumline be? Are your crowns older than 9 years? If so, you may  have noticed… Read more »

PFM crowns that look natural

Natural looking PFMs

If you have some dental work, will your PFM crown look real? When we see patients with damaged and misshapen teeth or serious oral health issues, we can often correct the problem with treatments in restorative dentistry. There are many types of crowns but not all of them look natural. Because we know how important… Read more »

TMJ and being tired

TMJ and being tired

There is nothing quite like a good night’s sleep to improve your attitude and your outlook on the world. But what happens when you wake up in the morning still feeling exhausted? Few things are as important to your overall health as getting adequate rest each night, which is why anything interfering with your quality… Read more »