What Are the Different Gum Disease Stages?

 

A woman with dental pain caused by gum disease.

Gum or periodontal disease is the most common cause of tooth loss, but it causes many other problems. Gum disease can lead to bone loss in the jaw, which impacts the facial structure and appearance. It can also increase risk for serious health problems like cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and stroke. Understanding the gum…

How Long Does Teeth Whitening Last?

 

teeth before and after whitening

Teeth whitening is one of the most cost-effective cosmetic treatments you can do to improve the appearance of your smile. White, bright teeth appear more attractive and youthful compared to dull, yellow or graying teeth. There are many different ways to whiten your teeth and the method you use can determine how quick you get…

What Are Lie Bumps on a Tongue?

 

Young men sticking out his tongue watching in in the mirror.

Have you heard the superstition that when you tell a lie, bumps form on your tongue? This old tale is not true, but it is what gave transient lingual papillitis the nickname “lie bumps.” The white or red bumps on the tongue are not a sign of telling a lie, but they can be uncomfortable.…

Scalloped Tongue Causes and Treatments

 

A man looking at his scalloped tongue in the mirror.

Do you have indents on the sides of your tongue? This condition is called a scalloped tongue, and is also referred to as pie crust, crenated, crenulated and wavy tongue. There are a wide variety of reasons for this condition – most involve swelling in the tongue that pushes the tongue into the teeth. If…

Everything You Need to Know About Mini Dental Implants

 

Satisfied woman after dental restoration with mini dental implants looking at her teeth in a mirror.

Dental implants are considered the superior option for tooth restoration. Unlike removeable dentures or dental bridges, dental implants attach to the jawbone like a natural tooth root for a lasting, durable restoration. Unfortunately, not everyone is a good candidate for traditional dental implants, and the procedure can be invasive and expensive. An alternative is mini…

How to Sleep After Wisdom Teeth Removal

 

Young man after wisdom tooth removal trying to fall asleep.

Wisdom tooth extractions are a common oral surgery procedure to remove troublesome back molars. The procedure is performed as an outpatient surgery and most patients can return home to rest within a few hours of their arrival time at the dentist’s office. Once home, it is important that patients adhere to their dentist’s recommended recovery…

Tongue Ties: Lingual Frenectomy vs Lingual Frenuloplasty

 

Teenage girl covering her mouth with hands.

A tongue tie is a congenital condition that restricts the movement of the tongue. It is estimated that almost 5% of children are born with a tongue tie that can impact their tongue movement for breastfeeding and speech. There are dental procedures that can be used to free a tongue tie: the lingual frenotomy, lingual…

Do Dental Implants Hurt?

 

A satisfied woman in a dental chair after dental implants procedure.

Do you have missing teeth you want replaced? Dental implants are the premium option for replacing lost teeth, but some individuals are concerned about dental implant procedure pain. If you need tooth restoration, it is important to know about the benefits of dental implants and what to expect during the procedure and recovery. Do dental…

How to Fix Overbite Teeth for a Beautiful Smile

 

A teenage boy holding braces for overbite correction.

Your teeth are meant to be functional for chewing and supporting your facial structure, but they are also part of your appearance. When teeth are misaligned, they may not function the way they should or look their best. One type of misalignment is an overbite. Teeth with an overbite can result in some functional and…

What Are Signs of Dental Bone Graft Failure?

 

A dentist discussing dental x-rays with his patient.

Lost teeth, nutrition, aging and periodontal disease can all impact the density of the bone in your jaw. To perform certain restorative procedures like dental implants, a dental bone graft may be needed to increase bone density in the jawbone. Bone grafts use bone tissue to stimulate bone growth, but there can be complications during…