Cosmetic Dentistry Articles

Cosmetic Dentistry Articles

Nocturnal Teeth Grinding

Teeth grinding is often seen in people who are angry or annoyed. It is almost a reflex action done by most who don’t even realize they’re doing it till someone points it out to them. This can be quite damaging to your teeth. You might be surprised to know that some people even grind their teeth while they are sleeping, which is known as nocturnal …

Gum Disease in Children

Adolescence and Oral Care Gum disease is not for adults only. It can happen at any age, even to children and adolescents. Although advanced forms of periodontal disease are rare in children, the early stage (gingivitis) is common. The good news is, gum disease is preventable. The earlier a child can develop good oral habits, the better.  To minimize the occurrence of gum disease, parents …

How to time your treatment?

Treatment Timing What’s the best way to time your treatment? It is never too early to visit your dentist. In fact, the earlier parents train their children in practicing good oral hygiene, the more beneficial it is for the family because this will result in excellent oral health and lesser dental problems for your children. Whatever age you are in, it is necessary to get …

Options for Impacted or Missing Teeth

There are many options for impacted or missing teeth to be treated. Impacted and missing teeth are common dental problems and may be corrected by surgery or orthodontics. If you visit the dentist regularly, this can be assessed as soon as the problem occurs and early treatment or correction is beneficial to avoid complications such as pain, swelling, infection of the gums, formation of tumors …

Childhood Tooth Decay

Childhood tooth decay is more common than you think. According to Centers for Disease and Control Prevention (CDC), “tooth decay (dental caries) affects children in the United States more than any other chronic infectious disease.”* When left untreated, tooth decay can cause pain and even infection which in turn can affect a child’s learning, speaking, eating and other activities. Tooth decay though is preventable but …

6  Sure Fire Ways to Prevent Cavities

Cavity Prevention Cavities are also called tooth decay or caries. They start as tiny holes or opening in the teeth. When you snack frequently, has high-sugary diet and not fond of cleaning your teeth with regular brushing and flossing, you are sure to develop cavities. As your bad oral habits persist, the larger these holes become. When left untreated, cavities can lead to tooth loss. …

Tooth Brushing and Flossing

Tooth Brushing and Flossing Your teeth can last a lifetime if you care for them properly. But caring for them must start early on and parents have a special role in caring for their child’s teeth. Teaching kids at an early age about the importance of oral health is not only beneficial but also a good way of forming tooth brushing routine. When to start: …

Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate Cleft lip and cleft palate occurs very early in pregnancy. These conditions are facial and oral malformations that can occur when a baby is still in the mother’s womb. Both occur when there is not enough tissue in the lip and mouth area which cause the splitting. Cleft lip occurs in the upper lip area where the skin is separated. …

Oral Cancer Check

The last three decades reveal a decline in the death rate for oral cancer but this gives no one an excuse to be complacent especially if one’s lifestyle includes smoking and drinking. According to the American Cancer Society, there are about 37,000 cases of oral cancer in 2014 and over twenty percent of this will lead to death. Good news is that, with regular visits …

What is a sinus augmentation?

Sinus augmentation, also called sinus lift, is sometimes needed for dental implant. The maxillary sinuses are located on top of the upper jaw and behind the cheeks. The back of the upper jaw has less bone than the lower jaw so when teeth are lost in that area and dental implants are needed, a sinus augmentation for bone to be added between the jaw and …

Will crown lengthening benefit you?

  Crown lengthening is a common dental procedure that removes gums or bones to expose more teeth. There are basically three reasons for crown lengthening: to fix a gummy smile, to prepare the tooth for a procedure and to improve health of the gum. A gummy smile is a condition when there is a lot of gum tissue around the upper front teeth. This makes …

What is a frenectomy?

Frenectomy Frenectomy is a dental procedure that surgically removes the frenum, a fold of tissue in the mouth found in the front teeth (can be upper or lower), sides of the gums and under the tongue. Frenum has no important function so removing it will not cause loss of function. A frenum may have to be removed if it is causing problem, like when it …

Perioscopic treatment is the current toast of the dental world when it comes to treatment of periodontal disease. With the use of perioscope, a dentist or dental hygienist can diagnose and treat the areas below the gum line without resorting to surgery. What is Perioscopy? Perioscopy uses digital technology which enables minimally invasive treatment. Think of the perioscope as a mini-camera which has a powerful …

How Does Periodontal disease Affect Your Body?

Do you know why holistic approach is the best way to maintain good health? It is because every part of the human body is interrelated. A recent study shows that periodontal disease is 40% more likely connected to chronic diseases such as diabetes, osteoporosis and heart disease. Needless to say, visiting the dentist at least every six months is not only beneficial in maintaining a …

A woman’s body and her oral hygiene

A woman goes through hormonal changes many times in her life whether she likes it or not. With every period of change, periodontal health must also be taken into consideration because it can greatly affect her general well-being as well. You may start to wonder how does a woman’s body and her oral hygiene effect one another. The periods where every woman usually experience hormonal …

Nitrous Oxide in Dental Procedures

Let’s face it, many people of any age are still afraid to go to the dentist. Most common reasons include childhood trauma, painful dental procedures and other unpleasant experiences. Although some of these reasons are understandable, remember that dental care is very important not only in maintaining oral health but overall health as well.  So whatever valid or invalid reasons you may have in postponing …

What are the Pros and Cons of Dentures?

Dentures have been a popular and cost effective way of replacing teeth for a very long time. While some people find them convenient to wear, others don’t find it quite so easy to cope. So what are the pros and cons of dentures? Pros The process for making dentures is very straightforward and non-invasive. There is no need to have any type of surgery, although …

How does your dental health effect your overall health?

More people are becoming aware of the connection, but many are still blissfully unaware. It is easy to think of your mouth as somehow not affecting your overall health, but as scientists have discovered this couldn’t be further from the truth. Dental disease, in particular gum disease, can have a huge impact on the rest of your body, and certain diseases that seem to only impact …

Do You Have Numbness after Dental Implants?

If you have recently had a dental implant placed and the area around has become numb notify your treating doctor. Post dental implant numbness is relatively rare, but can be very nerve racking when it occurs. Symptoms can range from feeling numbness in the lips or jaw, to feeling slightly numb in the chin or tongue or other areas of the face. There are many different nerves …

Why do I need a night guard?

Could You Do With a Night Guard? Lots of people will grind or clench their teeth at night without really being aware they are doing so. It is a problem, as it is a subconscious habit that generally occurs during sleep. Often tooth grinding or bruxism is not properly diagnosed unless someone close happens to complain about the noise or until a proper diagnosis is …

The Layers of Your Teeth

What are the layers of your teeth and how many are there? It’s true, but most people are unaware of this, and simply expect their teeth to get on with doing their job, day in, day out. But knowing a bit about how your teeth are constructed will give you a better understanding of why it’s important to look after them. It also means that …

What is Scaling and Root Planing?

Most people will book professional cleanings with their hygienist, usually at every checkup. This is a routine procedure and is great for keeping gums healthy, but if they are not in the best condition they’ll need additional care. SRP is a more thorough form of professional cleaning Why Is Scaling and Root Planing Necessary? Scaling and root planing can be thought of as a deep …

The Dental Implant Process

Planning Implant Placement Your first step is to book a visit to Midtown Dentistry in Houston to see Dr. Jonathan Penchas. This initial visit will be to assess your mouth, and to talk about the procedure for having a dental implant. Dr. Penchas will want to know about your general health, and will need details of any medications you may be taking. Anyone considering dental …

Do the sounds of dental drills bother you?

If the sounds of dental drills bother you, you are not alone. Just about everyone recognizes the sound of a dentist’s drill, and it is a sound that strikes fear into many people’s hearts as it tends to be associated with an unpleasant experience. Most of us have also wondered just why it has to sound so fearsome, and what are the alternatives? High speed …

Which Crowns Are the Strongest?

If you need a crown or bridge and are concerned about the overall appearance of your mouth then it’s likely you’ll want to choose a restoration made from zirconia. You may also wonder which crowns are the strongest? This material is renowned for giving the best quality results and is extremely strong and durable. It is the ideal choice for anyone wishing to have cosmetic …

Patient Cancer Screening

Did you know Midtown Dentistry in Houston offers oral cancer screenings to patients? Not everyone is aware of this, or its importance to their health. This simple check could help save your life. Midtown Dentistry uses the Oral ID system to meticulously screen patients for the early signs of this disease.  Oral ID is a device that uses the latest fluorescence technology to identify signs …

Why do I need a dental bone graft?

Most likely your dentist is recommending a dental bone graft, or otherwise known as bone augmentation in addition to restoration of missing teeth or perhaps due to bone loss from periodontal disease and or receding gums.  For whatever treatment, a bone graph has been recommended to recreate the bone base that is missing and to provide support for either an implant or for gingival repositioning …

How do Dental X-Rays Differ?

If you visit Midtown Dentistry regularly then you are probably used to having dental x-rays taken of your teeth, but what are the different types and what do they show your dentist? Dental x-rays can be intraoral meaning they are taken inside the mouth, or they can be extraoral, meaning they are taken from outside the mouth. The most common type of x-ray is the …

How does my dental insurance work?

Have you recently tried to read through your dental insurance policy? If so you’ll know that it can feel as if it is written in a foreign language, but it is best to try to understand it as much as you can so you gain the maximum benefit from your plan. Understanding the Different Categories Most insurance companies offer a variety of different dental plans …

Does my oral hygiene affect my sex life?

The answer to this is yes, oral hygiene can affect my sex life and in more ways than one. If you are male then this is definitely the time to sit up and take notice. A recent study carried out in Taiwan showed there could be a link between erectile dysfunction and severe gum disease or periodontal disease. Study Shows Link between Erectile Dysfunction and …

 

 

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