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17Nov

If sensitive teeth or gums are keeping you from living life on your terms, our Glendale dentists are here to help you find a solution. With prompt and effective treatment, you will be able to jump back into your regular routine—eating and drinking your favorite things, cleaning your smile without pain, and minimizing temperature-related discomfort.

Why have your teeth and gums become sensitive?

Dental Damage

When dental fracture or infection reaches the core of the tooth—the dental pulp—you will likely experience discomfort as a result. The protective layers of your teeth—the dental enamel and dentin—are designed to protective sensitive dental pulp. When these layers fail, your dental nerves are exposed.

Thin Enamel

You enamel can become more porous over time, allowing small irritants to infiltrate the tooth structure. Patients experience thin enamel due to long-term acid exposure, aggressive brush, bruxism, and elevated levels of oral bacteria.

Receding Gum Tissue

The nerves that are in your teeth extend down into your jawbone tissue. Another way that your dental nerves can become exposed is by gum tissue pulling away from the tooth structure.

There are a few ways that we can attack dental sensitivity, and help you maintain a comfortable smile. Depending on your specific situation, our team may recommend that you:

Fortify Natural Enamel

The first option is to work to strengthen your natural enamel. Topical fluoride treatments, for example, make your enamel stronger. We may also tweak your oral hygiene routine, so that you are protecting and preserving your enamel as you clean.

Supplement Insufficient Enamel

When too much enamel is missing, our team may recommend that you cover enamel with a protective material. Dental bonding (using composite resin) and porcelain restorations can both serve as protective coverings for vulnerable teeth.

Numb Sensitive Nerves

There are also ameliorative substances on the market that work to temporarily make your dental nerves less sensitivity. While this type of treatment is rarely a good long-term solution, it can improve your day-to-day life in the short-term. 

Give our Glendale dentists a call to get more information, and to schedule a consultation with our team! 

13Oct

If you are unhappy with the current condition or appearance of your smile, our Glendale Cosmetic Dentists are here to help. While every smile is unique, there are a few commonly-sought-after aesthetic goals that can make a big difference. Today we are going to be talking about four things that you can do to achieve an attractive smile.

Erase Stains

Making your smile look whiter and brighter will make it look younger as well. When dental enamel is healthy and strong, it appears white and luminous. As enamel thins over time, and environmental stains accumulate, your teeth may turn dull and discolored.

Straighten Your Smile

If you currently have teeth that are crooked crowded together, straightening them can improve dental aesthetics as well as oral health. This can be achieved through orthodontic treatment, or application of aesthetic restorations, which effectively resurface your existing smile.

Close Up Dental Gaps

Another way to make your smile look its best is to close large gaps between teeth using either orthodontic treatment or aesthetic restorations. If the gap in your smile is the result of premature tooth loss, a then tooth replacement option, like a dental implant, may be perfect for you.

Optimize Proportions

Generally speaking, smiles are more attractive when they are symmetrical and well-balanced. When your smile, as a whole, is poorly balanced, our dental team can improve this using:

  • Gum tissue shaping to remove excess or overgrown tissue
  • Dental bonding to build up disproportionately small teeth
  • Porcelain restorations and veneers to resurface irregularly shaped teeth
  • Snap on Smile to help you achieve an instant aesthetic transformation

If you think that aesthetic dentistry may be right for you, our Glendale dentists are happy to give you some more information about treatment options. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us by phone or through the Contact Us page on our website. 

29Sep

Periodontal disease can take a toll on the appearance of your smile as well as your oral health as a whole. The scary thing about periodontal disease is that it often progresses asymptomatically in its earliest stages. That is why Glendale gum disease dentists are here to give you the information you need to protect your smile long-term.  

What causes gum disease?

As a starting point, we should quickly review how gum disease develops. When we use the term “gum disease” we are really talking about a chronic bacterial infection of gum tissue. So, just as your teeth can develop cavities, your gums can be damaged by bacteria. Patients with compromised immune systems, or fluctuating glucose levels are particularly susceptible to developing gum infections. If your diet is high in sugar and refined carbohydrates, you are also putting your smile at risk, as oral bacteria use these substances to grow and multiply.

How I protect my smile from gum disease?

There are a number of steps that you can take to minimize your risk of developing gum disease. It is best to complete a professional consultation with your dental team, so that they can give you specific recommendations, but generally speaking:

  • Limit your consumption of sugar
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Seek treatment for ailments that affect your glucose levels, like diabetes
  • Rinse your smile with water after eating or drinking
  • Floss once a day as directed by the ADA
  • Follow all of your dentist’s recommendations when it comes to at-home dental care
  • Complete professional cleanings semi-annually
  • Consider using a mouth rinse that is designed to kill bacteria

Every patient is unique, which is why our Glendale dentists encourage you to schedule a personal consultation with our team. We are here to help you make a plan that protects your smile from chronic gum disease. Give us a call to get started!