Returning To Routine Dental Care

There are different reasons why people take a break from routine dental checkups. While one person may be new to their area and unsure of who to turn to, another may feel that their healthy teeth are safe enough from problems to make appointments unnecessary. Unfortunately, that break can lead to problems in time. If you only look into treatment because you feel that something is wrong, you can learn that you have a serious cavity, or several cavities, leading to more involved care. Our Ankeny, IA dentist’s office can help you comfortably return to care at our practice. We can provide important preventive services that keep you safe against dental trouble as well as problems with gum disease. We can also help you understand the services available to you, and recommend any procedure or procedures needed to take on active health issues. (more…)

Can A Dental Bridge Absorb Bite Pressure?

Losing a tooth does more than just hurt your smile – the absence leaves you vulnerable to losing more teeth, and it can also seriously compromise your bite function. When you look into how you can restore your full smile, you can hope to undergo treatment that improves the way you look as well as your ability to bite and chew comfortably. At our Ankeny, IA dentist’s office, we can offer more than one treatment option to replace a missing tooth. A dental bridge can permanently set a prosthetic in place without the need for oral surgery. The appliance, held in place with the support of a pair of crowns, can absorb bite function and help you return to more natural jaw movements when you eat. (more…)

Your Dentist Can Warn You About Gum Disease

There are signs of poor periodontal health that you can notice on your own. However, you should not assume that you have no problems just because you have not noticed any issues that have you concerned. Even when you are confident in the health of your smile, you should consistently see your dentist for routine exams and cleanings. In the course of your visit, your Ankeny, IA dentist can identify warning signs of gingivitis. After recognizing the problem, we can address it through a periodontal cleaning that removes bacteria from your gum line. Without treatment to fight these bacteria, an infection can grow worse, and that can lead to problems that impact your dental and general health. (more…)

Take Advantage Of Access To Preventive Care

Our Ankeny, IA dental office is a comprehensive family practice, and we work with many different insurance plans. Taking advantage of the benefits available to you can help you protect yourself against problems that might lead to a true dental emergency, one that can push you into a visit on short notice. Making the most of your access to preventive dental care can help you avoid difficulties over time. During routine appointments, we provide thorough feedback to patients about their well-being and also provide dental cleanings that keep them safe against threats like dental decay and gum disease.  (more…)

Making Smile Changes With Conservative Care

If you are unhappy with your smile right now, you may hold off on asking about treatment because you fear too much work will be involved. However, for many people, a conservative change to their tooth structure can deliver fantastic improvements! At our Ankeny, IA dentist’s office, we can discuss cosmetic services that can make your smile more uniform, brighter, and generally more attractive by carefully resolving problems with the way you look. Through our tooth bonding and contouring services, we can actually modify the size, shape, and color of teeth without permanent restorations. Before recommending any procedure, we can talk with you about your goals and evaluate your smile in order to find the right approach to care. (more…)

General Dental Services And Your Family

At every general dental appointment, your Ankeny, IA dentist can provide important preventive care for your smile, along with helpful warnings when you might need to schedule follow-up care. What you should know is that patients of all ages benefit from these routine services, and that we can provide support for both parents and their kids! The summer is a great time to bring children in for routine appointments. You will not have to worry about disrupting their school time, and you can encourage them to make good choices during a time when they could consume more sugary ice cream and popsicle treats to beat the heat! (more…)

Implant Dentistry And Life After Tooth Loss

senior man smilingWhen you have not done anything to address the loss of a tooth – or of several teeth – you can experience difficulties on a daily basis. Every day with an incomplete smile is one where you can feel self-conscious about how you look, and one where you can experience problems with your dental function that lead to pain and sensitivity. By receiving a permanent prosthetic, you can change your confidence in your oral health smile. A dental implant-held restoration can stay in place so that you can bite, chew, and speak without worrying you might upset it. Your Ankeny, IA dentist can help you understand the benefits of treatment, and begin the process of restoring your full smile. (more…)

Periodontal Care At A Dental Exam

At a typical dental exam, you can safely assume that you and your dentist will talk about the state of your teeth. What you should know is that our Ankeny, IA dentist’s office will also carefully examine your periodontal health so that we can warn you about problems that may affect you. Troubles with gum disease can become difficult to manage if they are not dealt with in time, and they can interfere with your general health in worrying ways. The good news is that we can do more than just point out the presence of an infection. We can reverse gingivitis and restore the health of your gums when we perform a periodontal cleaning that removes bacteria that are already present under your gum line. (more…)

When You Need Dental Work On Short Notice

When you consistently schedule routine dental exams and take care of your smile between appointments, you keep your risk for problems low. Unfortunately, trouble can still occur, and in some cases, it can arise due to an unanticipated problem with an injury. Problems with dental damage, as well as concerns about discomfort that can develop when a tooth becomes infected, can motivate someone to see their dentist as soon as possible. At our Ankeny, IA dentist’s office, we are committed to helping patients when they require our services. To keep our office safe for patients and team members, we are still implementing guidelines that limit potential coronavirus exposure. While we maintain these standards, we can still work with you to make your care a priority. (more…)

Restoring Visibly Worn Or Flattened Teeth

Gradual wear and tear can slowly but steadily make you less confident in the way you look. Friction is difficult to avoid – after all, you need to use your teeth to break down tough or chewy foods. For many people, changes in the shape and general look of their teeth will be limited, but some patients do experience more noticeable issues with their smile over time. This can be an issue that is more likely to affect you if you are someone with naturally weaker enamel, or if you are dealing with a nightly teeth grinding problem. At our Ankeny, IA dentist’s office, we are prepared to help you protect your teeth. We can also discuss restorative and cosmetic services that can renew your confidence in the way you look! (more…)