For too many people, the only time to see the dentist is when teeth begin to ache or other uncomfortable symptoms occur. At this point, an oral health concern could develop that requires substantial treatment. However, if you schedule a routine checkup and cleaning with your Des Moines, IA, dentist, we could identify these issues in the earliest stages. Let’s look at why you should always make time for a checkup.
Invisalign® offers our Des Moines, IA, residents an alternative to metal braces for correcting the alignment of the teeth. But what makes them such a comfortable (and barely visible) option for fixing crooked or crowded teeth? In today’s blog, we’re going to look at how we design and create the aligners, and what the treatment process entails.
When a tooth becomes cracked, you need to see your Des Moines, IA, dentist for treatment. Without care, the fracture could mean the onset of serious oral health complications, complications that could even lead to tooth loss in severe cases. How do we repair cracked teeth, and when should you schedule a visit?
If you lose one or more of your natural teeth, then over time you could also lose jawbone density, impacting your smile’s stability and even your facial structure. In order to replace missing teeth and preserve smiles in Des Moines, IA, then our team may offer implant dentistry. Find out how dental implants address missing teeth and improve overall smile health.
In a previous blog, we discussed how a dental bridge is perfect for addressing minor tooth loss, such as one to three missing teeth in a row. But what if you suffer from more substantial tooth loss? What if several teeth have become lost, or a majority of them? To return smiles to proper function and appearance, we may provide our Des Moines, IA, patients with removable dentures.
When you visit your dentist for a regular dental checkup and cleaning, carefully examining your smile is one of the most important aspects of your care. When doing so, your dentist may notice signs of gingivitis – the first phase of gum disease – which could become a serious threat if ignored. In fact, untreated gum disease is the most common reason why adults lose permanent teeth. At our Des Moines, IA, dental office, we can help you take control of your gum disease by explaining your condition after a comprehensive examination, and then consulting with you to determine the best way to treat it. (more…)
Did you know that losing even one tooth could increase the risk of misalignment, TMJ disorder, bruxism, and in some cases, further tooth loss? To avoid oral health complications, you should seek tooth replacement as soon as possible. With a dental bridge, we can offer Des Moines, IA, patients lifelike tooth replacement for between one and three lost teeth in a row.
A crown covers the entirety of your tooth above the gum line, offering a restorative solution to serious damage and oral health issues. But how do they look? Are metal options the only choice available for patients in need of restoration? In today’s blog, we’re going to look at how we create lifelike dental crowns, and when our Des Moines, IA, patients may need one.
A dental infection or abscessed tooth could mean serious trouble for smiles in Des Moines, IA. Without treatment, the tooth may even need to be extracted to prevent the spread of infection. Fortunately, we have a comfortable restorative treatment designed to address infections, and in just one visit! When should you have a root canal performed, and what does the procedure involve?
If you have pain in your smile, this could mean you have a cavity that requires treatment. Without a restoration, the cavity could grow more severe until pain increases the risk of infection. In order to stop the aches and return your tooth to optimal health, function, and beauty, your Des Moines, IA, dentist may suggest a lifelike tooth-colored filling.