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20Aug

Taking care of your smile is about more than brushing your teeth twice a day; the overall structure of your smile makes a huge difference regarding how your teeth age over time. Keep reading to learn more from our Glendale dentists.

Dental enamel is undoubtedly a strong substance, but it isn’t indestructible. Tooth-on-tooth contact creates mini cracks and chips on the tooth’s surface, and leaves the tooth vulnerable to additional damage infection.

You may find that you’re clenching or grinding your teeth due to:

  • Increased stress
  • Poor bite alignment (which makes it difficult for your top and bottom teeth to come together comfortably and naturally)
  • TMJ damage

When chronic dental grinding is left untreated, it can cause a number of oral health issues, including:

  • Pain and discomfort, especially around the jaw joints
  • Weakened dental enamel
  • Cracked or chipped teeth
  • Shifting dental alignment

The key to successfully treating dental grinding, is to first identify the underlying cause of the behavior. Treatment can then be customized to meet your needs. If, for example, your top and bottom teeth do not come together comfortably, this can be improved with orthodontic treatment, new restorations, or even dental bonding. If, on the other hand, you are clenching your teeth due to stress, then you may simply need to incorporate some calming, stress-reduction techniques into your routine. There are also jaw exercises that can help to relieve tension.  

The first step in this process is to schedule a consultation with our Glendale dental team. During your consultation, we’ll assess your smile, and screen it for signs of existing damage. You can always give our office a call to speak to a member of our team, or you can use the Contact Us page on our website to submit an inquiry with your contact information. We look forward to speaking with you! 

23Jul

Too many people are living with smiles that they do not love, because they mistakenly believe that the dental treatment necessary to correct these issues would be uncomfortable, unsightly, or inconvenient.

The truth is that our Glendale cosmetic dentists offer a range of treatment options that are designed to fit into your life, and work with your smile. One of these options is Invisalign.

The Invisalign orthodontic system uses a series of clear aligners to incrementally move teeth into better positions over time. You’ll switch out to a new aligner every two to three weeks; each aligner moves you closer to your dream smile.

With Invisalign, you can improve a number of a aesthetic as well as functional dental problems, such as:

  • Crowded or crooked teeth
  • Large gaps in the smile
  • Narrow smile
  • Bite dysfunction, like overbite, underbite, or crossbite

Many patients do not realize that by improving bite structure, they can actually improve the long-term health and stability of their smile. When your teeth fit together evenly and optimally, they wear better over time: decreasing your chance of developing prematurely thin enamel as well as cracked or chipped teeth.

While Invisalign undoubtedly delivers aesthetic benefits, this is by no means the extent of what Invisalign treatment can do.

When you come in for your consultation with our dental team, we’ll be able to assess the current health of your smile, and give you a better idea of whether Invisalign is right for you. Invisalign is a generally well-tolerated treatment option, and many people are strong candidates. We will ensure that your smile is healthy enough for treatment, and that Invisalign can move your teeth adequately.

As always, please feel free to reach out to our Glendale cosmetic dentists to learn more and to schedule your personal consultation. We look forward to speaking with you! 

14May

We all want to enjoy healthy, blemish-free smiles, but the truth is that, sometimes, dental problems develop despite our best efforts. In today’s article, our Glendale dentists are sharing some information about types of dental damage, and levels of severity.

Before we talk about dental problems, we first need to review the basic structure of a tooth. Keep in mind that teeth are not solid and inert, rather, they are comprised of different layers:

  • Dental enamel

This is the outermost layer of the tooth; it is sturdy and free of nerves. Thanks to dental enamel, you’re able to bite and chew comfortably. The enamel is tasked with protecting the inner layers of the tooth, which are more vulnerable.

  • Dentin

The dentin sits directly under the dental enamel. Dentin is more porous than enamel, and so it is more susceptible to infection and damage. Also, dentin is slightly yellower than enamel.

  • Dental pulp

The core of the tooth holds dental pulp, which contains nerves, blood vessels, and living tissues. This is the most fragile tooth layer. If your pulp is damaged, you’ll likely experience significant discomfort.

Generally speaking, the further into a tooth that an infection or damage gets, the more expensive, time intensive, and involved treatment is.

Damaged dental enamel can often be treated quickly and comfortably with a simple filling or dental bonding. However, when dentin or dental pulp is affected, our team may recommend more extensive restorative treatment. Dental restorations, for example, are used to rebuild missing tooth portions. Infected dental pulp often requires root canal therapy, during which our team clears away the nerves, roots, and tissues that sit in the dental core.

As you can see, prompt identification and treatment can make a world of difference when it comes to treating cavities as well as cracks and chips. Reach out to our Glendale restorative dentists at the first sign of trouble!