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Symptoms of Gum Disease

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What is Gum Disease?
Gum disease is the infection of gums and bones which support your teeth. Gum disease is a serious dental disease which affects multiple teeth and should be treated by a dentist as soon as possible. If left untreated, gum disease causes your gums and supporting bone structure to shrink, causing bleeding gums and tooth sensitivity. In the most advanced cases of gum disease, your teeth become loose due to a lack of supporting bone structure and you will eventually lose them.
What are the Stages of Gum Disease? There are two stages of gum disease: Gingvitis and Periodontits. Gingivitis is the earlier stage of gum disease where the infection is still localized to your gum tissue and has not spread to the surrounding bone. Periodontitis is the more advanced stage of gum disease where infection has spread beyond the gums and to your supporting bone structure.


What are the Symptoms of Gingivitis? Since gingivitis is infection of gum tissue you will notice changes happening t…

Common Problems with Dentures

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Denture Problems
Leaving gaps in your mouth is never a good idea and can lead to serious medical and dental problems. Wearing dentures gives you something to chew on while at the same time protecting your jaws and facial muscles. However, since dentures are removable prosthesis, meaning that they go in and out of your mouth, they come with their fair share of problems. Here are some of the most common denture problems that you need to be mindful of if it’s your first time wearing dentures: 
Dentures can be UncomfortableGetting used to having a foreign object in your mouth takes some getting used to. This is especially true if it’s your first time wearing dentures. If your dentures are too long or unstable, they can cut into your gum tissue. This creates sore lesions which requires adjustment from your dentist to fix. 
Eating Becomes CompromisedDentures cover lots of gum tissue which also happens to be the exact area filled with tons of taste buds. As a result, wearing dentures makes it h…

Implant-Supported Dentures (Overdentures)

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What are Implant-Supported Dentures (Overdentures)?
Implant-supported dentures, also referred to as overdentures, are dentures which anchor onto several dental implants. Implant-supported dentures are a great solution for denture wearers who want a more secure denture but can’t quite afford full mouth implant restoration or all-on-four teeth. Typically, 2 or 4 dental implants are placed in each arch to help anchor dentures in place. The denture locks onto these implants, as opposed to sitting on the gums, and is better secured in its place. Overdentures feel more secure as compared to traditional dentures. They rock less during chewing and talking and are geneally more comfortable. Here are some other benefits of overdentures: 
EffectiveBy placing just a few dental implants, you can better secure your denture in its place. Anchoring your denture onto dental implants can help you eat, chew and function better. Keep in mind, that overdentures are removable teeth, meaning that that they co…

What is the Purpose of a Crown?

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What is a Dental Crown? 
A crown, also known as cap, is a dental prosthesis that is used to restore severely damaged teeth back to their original format. Crowns protect the portion of your tooth which is sitting above the gums to seal off bacteria and protect against further damage. Crowns are very useful in dentistry and have many implications. Here are some instance where crowns are useful in dentistry:
Restoring Severely Damaged Teeth Teeth with large cracks or deep fractures need a crown to prevent the damage from getting worse. Similarly, teeth with large cavities need a crown since fillings stress and break the tooth, so placing a crown is preferred over a filling. Crowns restore your teeth back to their original format and protect against further damage, infection and heavy bite forces. Patients who have worn down their teeth due to aggressive grinding may have to place crowns on multiple teeth, sometimes even on every single tooth in the mouth!
Cosmetic Crowns Sometimes we choos…

Why Are All-on-Four Teeth So Popular?

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What are all-on-four teeth? All-on-four teeth is a set of permanent teeth which sit on top of four dental implants. The name itself originates from the concept that an entire set of teeth, typically 12 to 14 total teeth, is loaded onto just four individual dental implants. All-on-four teeth are not to be confused with dentures. They are made from Porcelain or Zirconia and the teeth are fixed, meaning that you can not remove the teeth from your mouth.

Why are All-on-four Teeth so Popular?If you are missing all of your teeth, you have several different treatment options: Complete dentures; Dentures anchored onto dental implants (overdenture); All-on-four teeth; or Full dental implants with crowns & bridges attached. All-on-four teeth are a great compromise of cost and value. Here are some of the reasons why so many patients choose all-on-four teeth over other alternative treatments:

Minimal Number of Dental ImplantsWhile the idea of placing more implants may seem attractive, it is impo…

What is Cosmetic Dentistry?

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What is Cosmetic Dentistry?
Cosmetic dentistry is dentistry with focus on improving the appearance of your teeth and gums to enhance your smile and beauty. Cosmetic dentists concentrate on straightening and whitening your teeth to correct imperfections in your smile. Why Seek Cosmetic Dentistry?Different people have different reasons for seeking cosmetic dentistry. Some do it because they were born with a less than perfect smile and want to fix their concerns. Others want to reverse the damage done to their teeth over the years due to wear-and-tear or possibly an accident. Still others choose to seek cosmetic dentistry to improve their overall appearance and get that perfect white, straight set of teeth they've been dreaming of. Whatever your reason may be, cosmetic dentistry has a viable solution for you to enhance your smile. How Does a Dentist Become a Cosmetic Dentist?There’s no special certificate or board approved training for becoming a cosmetic dentist. Experience is very im…

Causes of Bad Breath

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Causes of Bad Breath
It's difficult to admit that you may have bad breath, also known as halitosis. However, bad breath is more common than you may think, affecting a quarter of the population at some point in their life. So what causes bad breath and how can you fix it? Sources of bad breath could be long-lasting or temporary. Permanent bad breath is typically due to an underlying medical or dental issue. Temporary bad breath is typically the result of your diet, dehydration or smelly foods like onion or garlic. It is important to identify the source of your halitosis in order to resolve the problem. Here is a list of most common causes of bad breath: Dental Causes of Bad BreathMajority of bad breath cases originate from plaque and tartar accumulation on your teeth and gums which leads to gum disease. As such, it’s not a bad idea to start off your bad breath treatment with a trip to the dentist. Chances are a good dental cleaning is all you need to fix your problem. Once plaque and …

Porcelain Veneers & Alternative Treatments

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What are Porcelain Veneers? Why are They so Popular?
What are Porcelain Veneers? Porcelains Veneers are thin, cosmetic restorations which sit on top of front teeth to correct imperfections in your smile. They have several major functions: Giving you perfectly shaped teethStraightening out slightly crooked teethA permanent white smile!In fact, Porcelain Veneers are the benchmark of smile makeover and cosmetic dentistry. If your goal is to have a perfectly white and straight smile, chances are Porcelain Veneers are the right solution for you. Why are Porcelain Veneers so Popular with Cosmetic Dentists? There are lots that Porcelain Veneers can do. By placing Porcelain Veneers on your front teeth, you can change the shape and color of your front teeth. They can correct stains, cracks and damaged front teeth which are visible when you smile. Sometimes you can even straighten slightly crooked teeth by placing multiple Porcelain Veneers on your front teeth. It's true, you can make your te…

Best Teeth Whitening Options

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Best Teeth Whitening Options
If you’ve been considering whitening your teeth, then you probably are aware of the countless options which are available out there. However, if you want the absolute best results, then your options are narrowed down to:  Professional in-office teeth whitening Take-home whitening traysWhitening strips These whitening techniques all apply a high concentration of Carbamide Peroxide or Hydrogen Peroxide onto your teeth surfaces. The peroxide breaks down the stains and helps whiten your teeth.  Professional In-office Teeth Whitening This is teeth whitening which you can only receive from your dentist. Naturally, this is the quickest and most effective whitening treatment which exists. The whitening gel brand that your dentist uses is very important. Popular, effective brands include Zoom, Kor, Ivori and Boost to name a few. 
Before you qualify for an in-office tooth whitening, you need to undergo a full exam and cleaning. If you are a candidate, your whitening t…

How Often Do You Need a Dental Cleaning

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How Often Do You Need a Dental Cleaning? Why Do We Need Dental Cleanings?  We need professional dental cleanings because brushing and flossing alone does not remove all the plaque and tartar from our teeth. Of course, there is that small percentage of population that clean their teeth so well they don’t every need regular dental cleanings. These are the rare few who haven’t seen a dentist in 10+ years but still have perfectly straight and healthy teeth. For the rest of us, getting our regular dental cleanings is very important to the long-term health of our teeth and gums. Your dentist, or dental hygienist, is much better equipped to clean your teeth, especially the areas underneath your gums. Keep in mind that once food particles harden on your teeth surfaces, known as tartar or calculus, these particles can no longer be removed with regular brushing and flossing. Only a professional dental cleaning can remove tartar from your teeth. Additionally, your dentist will examine your teeth…