When to Consider Extracting a Tooth

Missing tooth of dentalFor some adults, the biggest threat to their oral health involves chronic teeth-grinding that ultimately leads to a jaw dysfunction known as TMJ disorder. For a number of other people, however, their biggest dental concern typically involves the damage caused by decay and infection. Indeed, your dentist will attempt to preserve your natural tooth as best as it can be preserved, however, there are few circumstances in which the best option to consider may be an extraction. In today’s blog, your Northwest IN dentist will take a look at the circumstances that may warrant the removal of a tooth, as well as how our team can help.


When Teeth-Grinding Causes Jaw Dysfunction

Over the course of our lives, we are often told the importance of excellent oral hygiene and the work that is put into achieving that perfect smile. Indeed, most of us fear the greatest threat to our grins is the development of disease and infection such as plaque and decay. For others, however, the biggest concern actually arises from a bite dysfunction that causes significant strain in the jaw. In today’s blog, your Northwest IN dentist will shed some light on how grinding your teeth at night really affects your oral health, including the development of TMJ disorder.


Ways Porcelain Veneers Enhance Your Grin

Young woman with a good sense of humor enjoying a laugh screwing up her eyes in amusement over white with copy spaceIt goes without saying that having a beautiful grin is a common goal many adults share, as it is often the first physical attribute one notices about a person. Unfortunately, achieving this goal is not always easy when chips or cracks get in the way. What’s more, having a smile that is riddled with blemishes can cause a significant decrease in overall levels of confidence, leaving you more ashamed of your grin than not. In today’s blog, your Northwest, IN dentist will look at the benefits of cosmetic dentistry and how porcelain veneers can enhance your grin in more ways than one.


A Simple Way to Mend Your Chipped Tooth

cropped image of a young business man smiling, over green backgroundFor many people, a seamless smile plays a significant role in their level of confidence, as it is usually the first asset one notices about a person. What’s more, experiencing a chip after making it a priority to take great care of your oral health and  prevent any cavities, blemishes, or other concerns can be disheartening. Fortunately, all hope may not actually be lost. In today’s blog, your Northwest, IN dentist looks at the way cosmetic dentistry such as bonding and contouring can mend your minor dental blemish.


Saving Your Tooth with a Root Canal

In last week’s blog, we learned how harmful oral bacteria can affect our grins in a variety of ways, including causing decay, infection, and even poor hygiene. While nobody wants to lose a tooth, that could be only viable option if it means preserving your oral health. Fortunately, your dentist will attempt to preserve your natural structure as best as it can be before resulting to such measures, and most circumstances indicate the tooth is salvageable if acted upon in a timely manner. When an infection is left unmanaged, however, it can spread deep down into the inner canals of your tooth root, affecting the inner dental pulp. In this week’s blog, your Northwest, IN dentist looks at the benefits of a root canal treatment and how it can save your smile.


How a Deep Clean Prevents Periodontitis

Oral hygiene: Scaling and root planing (conventional periodontal therapy). Medically accurate 3D illustration of human teeth treatmentHarmful oral bacteria can affect our grins in more ways than one. While the first thing to come to mind for most individuals is how their teeth are affected, oral health actually refers to all components present in the mouth, including the cheeks, tongue, throat, and gums. What’s more, all of these components must be routinely checked and taken into consideration during your dental visit, as any sign of harm or threat can affect your entire smile. In today’s blog, your Northwest IN dentist at Healthy Smiles would like to discuss ways in which you can protect your gums in particular through a deep cleaning.


A Few Words About Gum Contouring and Gum Care

For most of us, when we think of smiles and oral health, the first thing that comes to mind is teeth. There’s no doubt that preventive care helps keep your teeth healthy and your smile bright. But the teeth don’t do it alone! Without the support and attractive frame of the gums, teeth would be in trouble! Your Northwest, IN, dentist has answers to your questions about gum contouring and gum care, to help you enhance and maintain your gum line, one of the most often overlooked facets of a healthy and beautiful smile. (more…)

The Best Thing You Can Do for a Cavity

Cavities are something no one wants to deal with. They can cause pain, discoloration, and anxiety. If you suspect you might have cavities, it can make you hesitant to schedule a dental appointment, for fear of receiving some bad news. However, this is the worst thing you can do when you have a cavity. The longer you avoid treatment, the worse your problems become. The best thing you can do for your cavity is to seek treatment as soon as possible. A lifelike dental filling can restore your teeth and have it looking brand new. (more…)

Why it’s Important to Replace Lost Teeth

Women, showing mouth without tooth (broken) using fingersWhile adult tooth loss may not be as common as a cavity or gum disease, for example, it still can occur through a variety of circumstances. For instance, a cavity that has been formed due to harmful bacteria eating away at a healthy tooth’s structure could continue to develop into decay and, if left unchecked, would ultimately result in a lost tooth. Recovering from loss can be difficult as well, especially if the area is not replaced with an artificial structure. At Healthy Smiles in Northwest, IN, we recognize the difficulties that accompany losing an oral structure, and we stress the importance of replacing those structures as soon as possible with a dental implant and restoration.