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16May

Maintaining optimal oral health is about so much more than simply brushing and flossing as recommended by your dentist. While these are obviously essential steps in your oral hygiene routine, there are a wide variety of other factors that can affect your oral health over time. Today our Glendale dentists are discussing one of these factors: chronic bruxism.

Bruxism is a condition characterized by chronic dental grinding and clenching. Some people start exhibiting bruxism because they are experiencing anxiety; when you’re stressed you’re more likely to grind your teeth, especially in the night. Another cause of bruxism is a poorly aligned or uneven bite. When your top and bottom teeth do not come together naturally and evenly, your teeth will shift back and forth in order to find a comfortable “resting” position.

Unfortunately, untreated bruxism can put you at risk of suffering from a number of additional oral health issues.

· Chronic dental grinding weakens and thins your enamel over time. This leaves your teeth more susceptible to fracture as well as infection.

· Bruxism puts an incredible amount of stress and pressure on your temporomandibular joints. As you would expect, people who suffer from bruxism are more prone to dealing with TMJ dysfunction.

· You may find that you are experiencing headaches as well as neck/jaw/shoulder pain caused by bruxism.

If you think that you are regularly grinding your teeth, talk to your dental team about treatment solutions that can minimize unwanted symptoms and address the underlying cause of bruxism. Some people find relief by wearing a customized mouth guard at night. If your bruxism problems are caused by a poorly aligned bite, then you may benefit from orthodontic treatment that refines the way your teeth come together.

Our Glendale dentists can give you any more information you need about bruxism and bruxism treatments. So, give us a call to schedule a personal consultation!

02May

When your smile is damaged, the best thing that you can do is seek professional treatment as promptly as possible. The longer that you wait to restore your smile, the more likely you’ll be to suffer from additional oral health problems.

Our Glendale dentists provide a number of treatment options to help you regain a healthy and strong smile after dental damage. Keep reading to learn more about specific treatments and technologies.

Tooth colored fillings: if your dental structure has been depleted by infection or trauma, our team may be able to place tooth colored filling to make your tooth whole again. These fillings blend in seamlessly with the surrounding dental enamel.

Dental bonding: composite resin can be used to achieve a number of dental objectives, including filling in cracks and chips, building out short or long teeth, and closing gaps in your smile. Our dentist simply applies composite resin to your natural enamel, and then cures it so that it hardens and bonds to your tooth.

CEREC crowns: crowns are placed on teeth after our team has cleared away a dental infection and primed the tooth for restoration. A high-quality dental crown protects the inner tooth from future damage and makes the affected tooth look healthy and whole again. Our dental team utilizes CEREC technology, which means we are able to craft and place your dental restoration right here in our office. CEREC technology allows you to get the restorative treatment that you need in just one appointment, and without having to deal with a temporary crown. These restorations are milled from porcelain, so they look natural, and are built to last.

Our Glendale dentists are happy to give you any additional information that you may need regarding restorative dental care. Give our office a call to speak to a member of our team and to schedule a personal consultation.

18Apr

When undergoing cosmetic and restorative dental treatment, you want to make sure that you achieve results that look natural and blend in with your smile. Our Glendale dentists take great pains to ensure that our patients love their post-treatment smiles, and one important component of that is color-matching restorations and materials.

Today we are talking about some of the treatments that allow us to color-match. Keep reading to learn more about the importance of color matching and customizing restorations and cosmetic treatments.

We are all individuals, and, as such, we naturally have different dental shades. Some people have teeth with yellow undertones, while others may have smiles with bluish tints. When our dental team completes restorative or cosmetic treatment, we first assess the patient’s existing smile to ensure that we can deliver natural looking results.

If you undergo dental bonding, which means that we use composite resin to resurface or repair your teeth, our team will shade the resin to blend with our enamel. Dental resin is exceptionally customizable—once the bonding process is complete, you really won’t be able to tell where the bonding ends and the natural enamel begins—that is why bonding is so great for filling in dental cracks and chips.

Another restorative material that our team frequently uses is porcelain. Porcelain crowns and veneers are used to achieve aesthetic as well as structural/functional results. Porcelain is such a popular material is because it is sturdy and it absorbs and reflects light similarity to real enamel. Our team uses porcelain that is custom-shaded to suit the patient.

When it comes time for you to undergo dental treatment, you want to make sure that you don’t settle for one-size-fits-all solutions. Our Glendale cosmetic dentists are here to answer any questions that you may have, and help you make the best decisions for your unique smile. Give us a call to get started!