Dental crowns are tooth-shaped caps that are placed over the remnants of an existing tooth. This gives the impression that the tooth has been restored to its full shape and size, restoring its strength and appearance. Crowns are used in a number of situations. They may be put in place to protect an existing weak tooth or to restore or cover a broken tooth. Dentists may choose to use them in cases where a large filling that has been drilled does not leave enough of a tooth to provide a sa....
There are several possible reasons why a person might experience jaw pain. This pain can manifest itself as stiffness, soreness, popping or a clicking sound when eating or talking and the pain can vary from mild to intense. Since you use your jaw almost constantly, any pain whatsoever is going to disrupt your normal daily routine. Before you can have jaw pain treated, you first need to determine what’s causing the pain and then visit your dentist for an appropriate corresponding course of....
Category: jaw pain
Many times periodontal disease will show up in people in their 30s and 40s. Diseased teeth and gums can be quite common, especially when teeth and gums are neglected over a period of time. Brushing and flossing are two of the best preventative measures to help get rid of plaque, which causes tooth and gum disease. But as the plaque solidifies, it forms tartar and a more effective method may be required to keep teeth and gums healthy. This is when laser gum therapy can be used for optimum c....
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Looks matter, especially when it comes to your teeth and your smile. Although cavities are a direct challenge to maintaining your award-winning smile, they don’t have to be a permanent barrier to having a great looking grin. In years past, most cavities were filled with various metals; fillingswere made out of tin, copper, mercury, zinc and silver. Known as amalgam, this was the standard for many years. It was cost-effective but came at the cost of unsightly silver on a person’s teet....
Category: tooth colored fillings
One of the more destructive dental problems that people face takes place at a time when they don’t even know that they are doing it. That’s because grinding and clenching teeth usually takes place when a person is fast asleep. Bruxism, as it is known in medical terms, is a major cause of tooth, gum and jaw problems. And if it isn’t addressed, the problems can only compound themselves. When a person continuously grinds on their teeth, they flatten the surface, causing pain, cracked t....
Traditional dental implants work fine when you have a single tooth that needs to be replaced. But when you are facing a more dramatic and sweeping dental challenge that requires a full set of teeth to be replaced, traditional implants will fall short of their intended goal. In situations where all teeth must be replaced, dentists turn to a branded procedure known as All-on-4 implants. This procedure involves inserting four screws into a person’s jawbone which are then used to anchor a com....
Category: All on 4 Dentures
Nobody looks forward to a tooth extraction. But the simple fact of the matter is that all dental extractions, and wisdom tooth extractions in particular, are a necessary procedure that is only done to correct existing problems or to prevent problems that may come up in the future. When wisdom teeth come in, a person’s jaw may not be large enough to hold them in place properly. In these situations, wisdom teeth may become impacted and not able to break through a person’s gums. In inst....
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When it comes to dental care, if you aren’t comfortable with your practitioner, you are unlikely to keep up with you cleanings and routine exams. The dental world was long thought of as a male-dominated field, however, things have definitely been changing. More and more female dentists have now entered the workforce, offering a different choice for those who might feel more comfortable seeing a female professional. Your choice of dentist should never come down to just whether they are mal....
Category: General Dentistry
As any MetLife PPO dentist in Scottsdale will tell you, root canals are routine procedures, but they require some basic aftercare in order to facilitate healing. It’s important to pay special attention to your health if you’ve just had a root canal, as you want to avoid problems like infection, excessive swelling and other complications. Read on for some helpful tips on how to care for yourself after a root canal, and see how easy it is to speed up your recovery and avoid infection. T....
Category: General Dentistry
The holiday season is right around the corner, and it’s time to start thinking about all of those holiday work parties, family gatherings and other special events. Not only is there plenty to do during this time of year, but it’s also important to think about all the online photos that show up after the events as well. If you are worried about your smile but have a fear of the dentist, read on to see if sedation dentistry in Scottsdale is right for you. Everyone wants a bright, white ....
Category: Sedation Dentistry