Something not right about your smile?
Tooth decay Tooth decay is easily caught during your routine check-ups. Thanks to high-tech x-rays, we can catch cavities forming before they’re noticeable to the naked eye! Depending on the size of your cavity and your overall dental health, there are several treatment options: Monitoring it closely Dental filling Porcelain dental crown A combination of a filling and crown Root canal treatment
Gum Recession Gum recession occurs when the gum tissue that surrounds the teeth begins to wear and pull away, gradually exposing more of the tooth and eventually the root of the tooth. The receding gum can form gaps between the teeth and gum line that will make it easier for bacteria to build up and cause even more harm to the teeth and their roots, potentially even leading to tooth loss.
Preventive Dental Care
Cracked or Chipped Teeth Rough or sharp teeth that irritate your tongue Visible cracks, lines, or chips on your teeth A change in how your teeth feel, look, or function Swollen or irritated gums around a single tooth We’ll work with you to offer treatment options that not only fix your tooth, but any underlying reasons for your broken tooth.
TMJ problems Chronic headaches or migraine-type headaches? Tight and sore jaw? Clicking sound in your jaw? Neck, ear, or sinus pain? Jaw joint pain or locking? Discomfort while chewing? Stress & TMJ Pain When you’re stressed, you’re more likely to grind and clench your teeth. This condition (known as bruxism) causes excessive strain on your teeth, ligaments, and jaw muscles. Many people have been feeling a lot more stressed and anxious lately. As soon as you begin to notice tightness in your jaw, let your dental team know. We will make a plan to help you keep your jaw relaxed.
What can I do to relax my jaw?
• Jaw massage – Use your fingers to slowly massage your jaw joints with a circular motion. • Side-to-side stretch – With a closed mouth, slowly move your jaw to one side and then the other without moving your head or neck. • Resisted opening – Slowly open your mouth while placing a thumb under your chin and pushing gently to resist the movement. • Tongue-to-roof – Touch your tongue to the roof of your mouth while slowly opening and closing your mouth.
Can tooth decay heal by itself?
With the right preventive approach, small early cavities can be prevented and sometimes even heal on their own using medicated fluoride toothpaste. Left untreated, the cavity will spread. More advanced tooth decay must be treated with a filling, crown, or root canal.
What happens to tooth decay if left untreated?
Without careful monitoring and active steps to limit the spread of a cavity, you could ultimately lose your tooth. This is because the cavity causes a break in the protectice enamel and dentin layers, bacteria can reach the nerve of your tooth, leading to infection.
What can I do to prevent cavities in my teeth?
• Avoid sugary foods/drinks (soda, juice, candy) • Eat a healthy diet with plenty of leafy green veggies • Avoid tobacco products • Brush 2x daily and floss every day • Visit your dentist twice a year for a dental exam and cleaning • Consider a fluoride treatment or tooth sealant treatment • Wear a night guard if you suffer from tooth grinding
What Causes Gum Recession?
Gum recession is a gradual process. Many people don’t realize they have it until it’s progressed and possibly caused severe damage. Signs of gum recession can vary, but you may experience the following: • Swollen gums • Bleeding when brushing & flossing • Bad breath • Teeth that appear to be growing While the signs and symptoms can vary, the most common underlying cause is gum disease. Other common causes of gum recession include clenching/grinding, poor oral care, and tobacco usage
How can I prevent gum recession?
• Use an electric toothbrush. Modern electric tooth brushes have a pressure sensor which prevents you applying too much pressure while brushing • Gently brush your teeth at least twice a day for 2-3 minutes • Floss and use interdental brushes every day ( as recommended by your dental professional) • Avoid smoking, vaping, and tobacco • Get your teeth professionally cleaned at least 2x a year
How can recession be treated?
• Non-Surgical Treatment: A deep cleaning (scaling and root planing) is often a good first step and can cure your recession! This treatment stops bacteria and encourages your gums to heal. If the cause of the recession is excessive clinching/grinding, a nightguard may be recommended to prevent further gum recession. • Surgical Treatment: In some cases, a gum graft or other high-tech surgical treatment may be necessary to address the lost gum tissue and protect your teeth.
Can I leave a chipped or cracked tooth without treatment?
Can I leave a chipped or cracked tooth without treatment? There is no such thing as a cracked or chipped tooth that gets better on its own — they will stay that way until fixed. That said, small chips and cracks are very common and mostly a cosmetic issue. Big chips and cracks however do need to be treated to prevent decay, infection, or bigger chips from developing. Even small cracks can be problematic if they are caused by an underlying problem
How can chipped and cracked teeth be treated?
Depending on the cause of your broken tooth and the severity of the damage, we’ll offer different cracked and chipped tooth repair treatments to help you look and feel like your best self. Most treatments will be focussed with the aim of either smoothing the tooth, covering any exposed root, or when damage is severe, completely replacing your tooth. In any case, with the help of our team, you can stop the problem from getting worse and reverse the issue entirely. Common treatments include: • Veneers • Dental bonding • Dental crowns • Implants • Fillings • Mouthguards