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    Periodontal Disease

    Gum disease, that’s what this is. “Periodontal” means “around the tooth” and Periodontal Disease is not something that should be ignored. It’s a chronic bacterial infection that affects the gum and bone that support your teeth. If untreated, it could lead to tooth loss. Symptoms include bad breath, bleeding gums, sensitive or painful gums and swelling. Many factors could cause this disease, but regular checkups and proper care of your teeth can help prevent it.

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    Who doesn’t like bright, white teeth?
    This has an immediate impact on your appearance and adds confidence to your smile. There are many ways to whiten your teeth, but the “take home” tray is one of the easiest and convenient. Thin trays filled with peroxide gel are placed over your teeth and can be left on during the day or while you sleep. Other whitening options are over the counter gel strips that are more economical, a one-time bleaching method and a Deep Bleaching treatment at the dentist office.

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    If you have missing or weak teeth, it’s not hard to imagine what it would be like to eat all the foods you love without any discomfort. Implants offer the strength and durability to allow that. Implants have become one of the most popular choices for tooth restoration. Simply put, the process involves implanting an “anchor” into your mouth and then adding an artificial prosthesis. A detailed consultation with your dentist is needed to determine if implants are a good option for you.

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    We’ve all seen the set of teeth in the jar. Well, those are dentures, but think outside of the box. There are many designs for dentures that can actually be attached to remaining permanent teeth or implants. Of course, the conventional, removable dentures do still exist if you are missing all of your teeth. Considering dentures, if needed, will benefit your appearance. Without the support of dentures, your facial muscles will sag, and it could make you appear older. Dentures are not a one time purchase. They are custom made and as you age and the structure of your mouth changes, new dentures may be required, but if properly placed, the benefit is worth the process.

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    Crooked teeth, lightly discolored teeth, lengthen short teeth, repair a chipped tooth; these are just a few reasons a dentist might use Veneers. It’s one of the most popular services offered by dentists. So what is a Veneer? It’s a thin shell of porcelain custom made to the exact color and shape of your teeth and bonded to secure. Once set, the Veneer can be strong and resistant to fracture. To properly complete this process, you might need multiple visits to your dentists.

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    Crowns and Bridges

    Crowns, also known as “Caps” can give teeth a new lease on life. When a tooth has extreme decay and too weak to withstand a filling a Crown might be an option. A crown may also be used for a chipped tooth. It completely covers the partial tooth that exists and becomes the tooth’s outer service. Porcelain and gold are the most common materials used for the crown. Both have advantages, but gold is usually used for teeth in the back of the mouth.

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    Know your fillings – Composites vs. Amalgams

    Fillings are needed when you have cavities or perhaps a fractured tooth. The 2 primary types of fillings are, “Composite and Amalgams”. Amalgams, or “silver” fillings, are the type most people are familiar with. The metallic color of the fillings has made it less popular these days.More than ever, the Composite or “white filling” is the preferred choice of customers,