The New Year has arrived! Why not make 2017 the year you make oral health a priority? There a number of dental services that can give you healthier teeth and gums, along with a more attractive smile.
If you have a tooth that has been chipped or cracked for a while, it may be time to have it covered with a crown. This will help protect it from cracking any further, while also preventing decay. Having a crown put into place is a two-step process. First, your dentist will make a mold of your tooth and send it off to the lab. When your specially made crown arrives, your dentist will fix it to your teeth during a second procedure.
X-rays can catch dental problems like tooth decay and root fractures before they cause any visible symptoms. Experts recommend having full x-rays taken every 5 years with checkup x-rays taken annually, so if has been awhile since you've had this service, it's time to make an appointment.
If your gums are sore, red, or inflamed, you're not alone. According to the American Academy of Periodontology, half of Americans suffer from gum disease. At first, it may seem like just an annoyance, but down the road, gum disease can lead to tooth loss. Periodontal treatments, like laser scaling to clean beneath the gums, help remove the bacteria that cause gum disease, leaving you with a healthier smile.
Poorly aligned teeth are not just unattractive, they are also more prone to decay, may lead to jaw soreness, and may even make it harder to eat. If you've been putting off straightening your teeth because you don't want to wear braces, ask your dentist about Invisalign. This is a system of clear plastic trays that work to straighten your teeth; most patients only need to wear them for a year at most.
Whitening your teeth won't actually make them healthier, but it will make you more proud of your smile. Professional whitening treatments are often safer and more effective than the over-the-counter kits you can buy at the drugstore. Zoom! Advanced Whitening, for example, can whiten your teeth up to 8 shades in one appointment.
To learn more about these and other dental services to improve your dental health in 2017, contact Shoreline Dental Studio today.