Addressing Cosmetic Flaws With Veneers

woman with attractive smileWhile many people have some concerns about the way they look when they smile, you can understandably feel self-conscious if you take issue with the way your teeth look. Fortunately, you can have an easier time arranging cosmetic treatment than you might expect! With porcelain veneers, we can cover problems with the color, shape, size, and general condition of any teeth you feel look unattractive. Our Charles City, IA dentist’s office provides treatment with veneers so that we can take on many different problems at one time. This is just one of several cosmetic procedures that we can recommend. As you look into treatment, you can be happy to learn that improvements can take less time than you expect, and they can also call for fewer changes to your tooth structure than you anticipate. (more…)

What Dental Problems Call For Root Canal Therapy?

If your dentist tells you that something is wrong with your oral health, and that you need restorative dental work, should you expect to undergo root canal therapy? A root canal is an important procedure, one that can resolve a potentially serious problem with your oral health. Your Charles City, IA dentist can provide this service and address issues like advanced tooth decay and complications from a physical injury. With that said, it is not always needed to restore a tooth! Regular dental exams make it easier for you to avoid root canal therapy. At these appointments, your dentist can identify a problem with tooth decay before it becomes so serious that you need more than a dental filling to restore your tooth. (more…)

Dealing With Bruxism Brought On By Stress

As you struggle to manage stress, you can start to experience a worrying change in your nightly rest. Instead of sleeping peacefully, you may begin to grind and clench your teeth while you sleep. This issue, known as bruxism, can lead to trouble with your smile and oral health. Over time, the mounting stress on your jaw joints and muscles can lead to pain as well as bite difficulties. You can also wear down your enamel, something that can produce problems with chipped or cracked teeth. At our Charles City, IA dentist’s office, we can provide protection in the form of a custom oral appliance. If you have already noticed an unwelcome change in your smile because of teeth grinding, you can look into cosmetic dental work or even restorative treatment when necessary. (more…)

Regular Dental Checkups And Your Periodontal Health

If your gums are not healthy, you can be at risk for more oral health – and general health – problems than you may currently realize. Did you know that gum disease can make someone more likely to lose teeth later in life? If an infection is not addressed in time, bacteria on the roots of your teeth can continue to spread and do more harm. That harm includes the destruction of tissues that keep teeth secure, which leads to them becoming loose or lost. Your general health can also be harder to manage because of gum disease, which can interfere with other health conditions that you have. At our Charles City, IA dental office, we can check your gums to see if gingivitis is an active concern. If it is, we can provide a periodontal cleaning and fight the bacteria responsible. (more…)

Pediatric Dental Care And Cavity Prevention

Parents have many important roles to play when it comes to protecting their kids and keeping them healthy. The good news is that when it comes to protecting their kids against cavities, parents can count on support from their dentist! Pediatric dental appointments create opportunities for kids to receive beneficial preventive services that help them avoid early difficulties with cavities and other problems. They also allow your dentist a chance to provide helpful guidance to them on oral hygiene, which can help them when it is time for them to brush and floss on their own. Our Charles City, IA dental office provides preventive dental care to patients of all ages. In addition to helping adults avoid difficulties during dental exams, we can provide preventive care and instructions to kids while also checking on the growth and development of their oral structures. (more…)

What Concerns Do You Have About Cavity Treatment?

When you put effort into maintaining good daily oral hygiene efforts and see your dentist for regular dental checkups, you can keep yourself safe against potential cavities. Unfortunately, cavities are a common concern, and they can affect people who believe they have a strong preventive care routine in place. If you find yourself in need of treatment to address decay, know that your Charles City, IA dentist can take care of your tooth and protect it with a dental filling or dental crown that preserves your health and appearance. Before recommending a specific procedure, we will closely check your tooth to determine how serious the damage is and what we can do to make sure it has lasting protection. (more…)

What Can Your Dentist Do For Your Chipped Or Cracked Tooth?

A serious tooth injury can send you to the dentist’s office without hesitation. However, people sometimes wait on treatment for a relatively minor injury. Should you really be concerned about a chipped or cracked tooth if it is not in pain, and you feel confident that you can still absorb bite pressure? Without a review with your dentist, you may not realize how serious an injury is, which means you can be caught off guard by complications at a later date. However, if you make treatment a priority, and we find there is no active oral health concern, we may be able to move forward with a more conservative cosmetic dental procedure. Our Charles City, IA dental office can perform work to carefully restore a tooth’s appearance after an injury. By providing tooth bonding and contouring work, we can even take care of an issue in as little as one appointment! (more…)

What Makes Someone A Good Candidate For Teeth Whitening?

If you start to lose confidence because your teeth look dull and discolored, a teeth whitening treatment can seem like an obvious solution. While store bought whitening products may provide only limited improvements, a professional whitening kit can do more by removing stains that are harder to address. Does this mean that you should go ahead and make arrangements for a whitening treatment? At our Charles City, IA dental office, we can evaluate your teeth to see if this is the right approach for you, or if you could benefit more from another cosmetic dental procedure. Some people suffer form intrinsic discoloration, which refers to problems within your tooth structure that affect your appearance. When these problems are responsible for someone’s teeth looking dull or discolored, alternative treatments like the placement of porcelain veneers can be beneficial. (more…)

What To Expect When You Start Wearing Invisalign Aligners

You can be happy to discover that your issues with poor smile alignment are treatable with something other than fixed metal braces. Traditional braces have made meaningful smile and oral health improvements for many people, but they require you to wear a permanently-set appliance for an extended period of time, and they can feel intrusive. Our Charles City, IA dentist’s office may be able to help you by providing you with Invisalign treatment. When we use Invisalign aligners to restore your smile and fix malocclusion, we provide you with a more comfortable and conservative approach to orthodontic treatment. The work of correcting the alignment of your smile can offer more than just cosmetic changes – these improvements also have exciting oral health benefits! (more…)

3 Issues That Are Easier To Avoid When You Schedule Checkups

Oral health issues are a common concern. Unfortunately, even when people feel confident that they are doing enough to protect themselves against dental decay and gum disease, they can experience problems that call for a trip to the dentist’s office. One thing you can do to stay safe against these threats to your oral health is continue scheduling your regular dental exams. Our Charles City, IA dentist’s office continues to see patients, and we have increased our safety measures to make sure we can provide preventive services while keeping you protected against infection risks. By consistently seeing your dentist, you can avoid certain problems that can lead to cosmetic and oral health trouble! (more…)