1. Ceramic Porcelain Dental Crowns

    A crown is a tooth-shaped cap that improves the strength and appearance of a damaged tooth. All-Ceramic Porcelain Crowns are the most realistic looking “caps” for damaged teeth. Your family dentist will likely suggest this option for teeth that show when you smile and when you speak — particularly those teeth in the front of the mouth. Lithium Disilicate is a modern material that matches the…

  2. Metal Dental Crowns

    Dental Crowns are prosthetics that your family dentist attaches to a damaged tooth. A dental crown may be needed in order to: Protect a weak tooth from decay Hold parts of a cracked tooth together Make cosmetic changes Hold a dental bridge in place Cover a dental implant Here we examine metal dental crowns in more depth: Gold alloys – These crowns are a mix of gold, copper and other metals. In a…

  3. Types of Dental Crowns

    What is a Dental Crown? A dental crown is a protective covering or “cap” that your family dentist affixes onto a damaged tooth which strengthens the tooth, protects exposed nerves and may also improve tooth alignment and the appearance of the mouth. A dental crown may also be used to anchor a dental bridge in place. Types of Dental Crowns Temporary Crown: Your dentist may place a temporary cro…

  4. Custom Mouthguards Protect Student Athletes from Dental Injuries and Concussions

    Custom-made mouthguards are widely accepted as an important component of protecting student athletes from orofacial injuries, and new research suggests they may also reduce the incidence of traumatic brain injuries (TBI)/concussions. The research, published by the Academy of General Dentistry in the May/June, 2014 issue of General Dentistry, followed 412 male high school football athletes from six…

  5. How the CAD/CAM System is Used in Dentistry

    Computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing, known as the CAD/CAM system or CAD/CAM technology, is used by dental professionals in the field of prosthodontics to improve the design and creation of dental restorations. CAD/CAM technology increases the speed of design and creation of dental restoration struc-tures, and it can also improve the convenience of the insertion of these structur…

  6. Habits That Can Harm Your Oral Health

      Bedtime baby bottles It’s never a good idea to put your baby to bed with a bottle. Little children who go to sleep with a bottle are at a disadvantage when it comes to oral health. They often end up needing to have those baby teeth capped, and the experience can create a fear of dentists, which can lead to a life-long negative spiral of avoiding preventative care.   Tongue piercing Tongu…

  7. What is a Dental Dam?

    A dental dam is a protective layer your family dentist may use when performing a procedure on one of your teeth in order to isolate the specific tooth and prevent risk of infection in other teeth or in other areas of your mouth. A dental dam is a thin square of latex rubber, or silicone that creates a clean, dry operating area, retracts your lips and cheeks and allows treatment of your problem tee…

  8. What is Oral Thrush?

    Oral thrush, also known as oropharyngeal candidiasis, is a common yeast infection that grows inside of the mouth and on the tongue. It is caused by the Candida albicans fungus.   What are the symptoms of oral thrush? Initially, oral thrush may be asymptomatic. However, as time passes and the fungus continues to grow, the following symptoms may manifest: bleeding when bumps on the tongue are scrap…

  9. Bruxism — Grinding the Teeth

    Your family dentist knows that most of us clench our teeth once in a while, but chronic bruxism can damage the teeth and cause other health issues to develop. Left untreated, grinding teeth may wear teeth down to stumps, may result in tooth loss, may cause or worsen TMD/TMJ, (jaw joint pain) and may even change the appearance of your face. Cosmetic dentistry provides a variety of solutions to repa…

  10. Dental Sealants

    Your family dentist has a treatment that is highly effective in preventing cavities: dental sealants. Sealants are a simple, successful and cost-effective measure your dentist can take to prevent cavities from forming in your teeth.                                                 What are they? Dental sealants are a thin plastic film that your family …