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Are Veneers Right For You? Our Garden Grove Dentists Have the Answer

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If you have any minor dental imperfections that might not require immediate dental treatment but you wouldn’t mind being rid of, porcelain veneers might be right for you. Porcelain veneers are basically a thin layer of porcelain material designed to lay over the surface of your teeth and be shaped to blend with the rest of your smile to give it a flawless, more perfect appearance.

Most frequently, porcelain veneers are used to cover:

  • Teeth that have been discolored or stained
  • Teeth that are uneven or crooked
  • Small chips and cracks

When you get a veneer, our cosmetic dentists will typically remove a small layer of enamel on your tooth to make room for the future porcelain veneer. This happens in one appointment. On a follow-up appointment, the veneer will actually be placed on the tooth. After this, you will take care of your teeth as your normally would, with your veneer lasting for

Traditional porcelain veneers require a thin layer of enamel to be removed from the front of your tooth to make room for the veneer. The veneer fits snugly in place to create the look of a perfect tooth. Your dentist will prepare your teeth in one visit, then you will return to have your veneers placed. Once securely placed you will keep your veneers forever, maintaining your teeth as you normally would with your veneer lasting for as many as twenty years.

The type of veneer that your dentist recommends for your will rely on a number of factors – many of them having to do with the health and coloration of your teeth and enamel. The important thing to remember is that dental veneers won’t stain like your natural teeth will – which can lead to some discoloration problems in some patients. Fortunately, this is easily handled in the dentist’s chair with bleaching.

Have questions about porcelain veneers in Garden Grove? We have answers! If you’re a dental patient in Southern California, get in touch with our knowledgeable dental team today for any questions about perfecting your teeth with veneers. 

What Causes Dental Grinding and How You Can Stop It

Trying to stay looking young? Start with your teeth!

Trying to stay looking young? Start with your teeth!

If dental sensitivity is something that keeps you up at night or gives you headaches, have you wondered yet if you’ve been grinding your teeth? Our dentists in Garden Grove frequently work with patients to correct grinding habits and subsequently protect your teeth for longer.

The thing about grinding is this, it’s not just something that’s going to cause headaches. If you grind or clench your teeth – you make wake up with a headache, but it can also contribute to earaches, sore facial muscles, and problems with the temporomandibular joint – which connects your jaw to the rest of your skull. If you do grind your teeth, the smart idea is to have an easy conversation with your dentist. Remember: the prevention is always easier than the cure.

Unfortunately, we don’t exactly know what causes grinding – otherwise known as bruxism. Many times, it can come about in young children who are experiencing pain or discomfort from ailments like the common cold, allergies, or an ear infection. However, when it comes to adults – habitual grinding has no specific known cause. But it has been known to be loosely tied to sleep problems and dental problems ranging from crooked teeth to an abnormal bite.

In most cases, the typical treatment our dentists at Primary Dental Care in Garden Grove recommend is a custom mouth guard that’s been made of a soft material that fits over your teeth at night. This helps eliminate most of the pressure that comes from grinding and clenching.  In other, less serious cases – simple stress reduction techniques may be your best bet.

 

 

 

“My Teeth Feel Cold”: What Sensitivity Means and How to Fix it

It might be winter in some parts of the country, but if your teeth ever feel cold there might be something else wrong.

Sensitive teeth that feel cold aren’t uncommon. However, the important thing to remember is that there’s a difference between teeth that feel cold and sensitive, and teeth that have decayed or been subject to gum disease.

If your teeth are just sensitive, your best bet will be to talk to your dentist. Our dentists in Garden Grove frequently consult with patients who have sensitive teeth on ways to keep their teeth healthy (and comfortable). What we recommend to you depends on what’s causing your sensitivity.

Mind your enamel…

Enamel is the hard outer layer of your teeth that protect them from the outside world. It takes a while to do, but dental enamel can actually be worn away. When this happens, nerve endings are exposed – which can result in different feelings of sensitivity.

Don’t brush too hard

The good thing is, you can usually stop the sensitivity in its tracks. First, try not to brush too hard. Hold your toothbrush like you would hold your pencil – and brush more carefully. On top of this – make sure you use a soft-bristled tooth brush. A hard toothbrush is not going to help sensitivity.

 

Stop clenching. If you grind your teeth or clench your jaw, the stress it causes can very frequently contribute to dental sensitivity. Your dentist should be able to see evidence of this at your regular dental exam – and it could be fixed by a retainer. On the positive side, this can also help eliminate other issues – like snoring  and morning headaches.

Cool it with the bleaching. If you’re chasing the dream of sparkling white teeth – do be careful. TOo much bleaching can potentially lead to heightened sensitivity. If this is a problem – talk to your dentist about in-office teeth whitening, it might be a better alternative for sensitive teeth.

What if it’s not just sensitivity?

 

Dental sensitivity is fairly common, but the underlying cause isn’t always as mundane as overbrushing or clenched teeth. Sometimes, it could be tied to an underlying infection or deeper dental problem. For this reason, it’s important to remain aware of any changes to your dental health – and communicate them to your dentist at your regular – bi-annual dentist appointments.

What to do about a chipped tooth: Cosmetic Dentistry Explained

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You’d be incredibly surprised to know how often patients of all ages experience the most common boo boo that teeth often see- a chip. The American Dental Association reports that chipped teeth usually account for a vast majority of dental injuries – and our dentists in Garden Grove aren’t surprised. Because the sheer number of ways a tooth can become chipped is incredibly vast – ranging from sudden impact and temperature stress – to sheer bad luck.

No matter how it happens, the thing about a chipped tooth is that it always seems impossible to not rub it with your tongue. Which can become hard to ignore. And if the chip is particularly bad, it could be noticeable to the naked eye. Fortunately, a chipped tooth is almost always able to be treated successfully.

Treating Small Chips

Many times, when dental chips are at the very edge of your teeth, they can be fixed with a single sitting in the dentist’s chair. With a little polishing, the rough edges can be carefully shaped and polished with a special bonding material to restore the surface. This is both fast, effective, and economical for most fixes.

Are there any downsides? 

Over time, the bonding material used to correct a chipped tooth can become stained (or chipped) over time. This might sometimes require that the bonding material be replaced. Another option that isn’t as prone to this problem is porcelain veneers. While more expensive, a porcelain veneer covers the problem and reinforces the tooth in a much more permanent capacity.

Dealing With Larger Chips

If the chip is considerably large (big enough to find the piece that chipped off), you should do your best to collect the pieces and preserve them if possible. There’s a chance that your dentist might be able to re-attach the piece with the same bonding material that would otherwise be used for polishing a small chip.

If the chewing surface of your tooth (The cusp) is broken, but the roots are still intact our cosmetic dentists in Southern California can often use an onlay to replace part of your tooth’s surface. On the other hand, if the damage to your tooth goes as far as the root – there’s a good chance your tooth needs even more attention. In order to prevent discomfort, pain, or infection further down the road, a root canal could be the smart option. If this is the case, your tooth will be cleaned out filled with a special material, and covered with a dental crown to completely restore the tooth to its original appearance.

 

 

 

Braces for Adults: Worth It?

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If you’re an adult that has healthy teeth but not perfect teeth – you might be wondering if braces (or Invisalign) are right for you. The thing you might not realize however is that braces for adults are about more than just cosmetics.

Even though you might not need braces to prevent a serious issue, braces can actually do much more than correct a cosmetic issue. This is because crooked teeth and other problems – like improper jaw positioning or an “off” bite can cause a number of problems further down the road. This makes braces a smart investment that goes far behind just a great confidence booster.

It’s no secret that braces can rather quickly improve your teeth by making them straighter and more even.  However, braces do more than just straigthen your teeth. And what many patients might not realize is that nearly 7 in 10 dental issues are an overbite! This means that many adults come to rely on braces to fix their bite as they do for correcting alignment.

While the cosmetic reasons for getting braces are often the most compelling for patients, the distinct benefits on the other end of the spectrum make just as big of a difference. Correcting underlying bite and alignment problems with braces can effectively help a variety of symptoms – including:

  • Earaches
  • GERD problems
  • Headaches
  • Difficulty chewing
  • Jaw pain and other jaw disorders like TMD
  • Accelerated enamel wear
  • Gum erosion
  • And more…

Are you an adult in Southern California wondering if braces are right for you? Our dentists in Garden Grove can most definitely help. For consultations, advice, and more – please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our friendly and professional team today.