Tooth Bonding And Contouring Can Address Conspicuous Flaws

Even if a dental flaw is relatively minor, it can feel like a big deal if it is in a prominent location. Many people are frustrated by small but conspicuous issues with the shape, size, or color of teeth that look out of place in their smile. Fortunately, a conservative cosmetic dental procedure can often be all that you need to address your concern and put a problem with your appearance behind you. You can talk to your Ankeny, IA dentist about the benefits of undergoing a tooth bonding and contouring procedure. This treatment limits changes to your tooth structure, using careful contouring and the application of a resin material to change the shape, size, and color of a tooth so that it looks more attractive. Depending on the number of teeth that you wish to restore with this treatment, you may be able to enjoy your fully improved smile after just a single visit! (more…)

Am I Doing Enough To Protect My Child’s Oral Health?

When do you need to start worrying about cavities affecting your child’s smile? Once their primary, or “baby” teeth start to arrive, they are vulnerable to dental decay. At an early age, kids depend on their parents for direct help in cleaning their teeth. Even after they reach an age where they can brush and floss on their own, your guidance will be important. You should encourage kids to take dental care seriously by regularly brushing and flossing, and by limiting their sugar access. Remember that although your role in protecting their teeth is important, you are not the only one who can help your kids! At our Ankeny, IA dentist’s office, we offer pediatric dental exams in addition to regular dental checkups for adults. (more…)

3 Problems That Can Hurt Your Confidence In Your Smile

If you are losing confidence in your smile, you should know that your Ankeny, IA dentist provides a variety of services that can help you. For many people, a loss of confidence is tied to cosmetic issues. Through conservative treatments, we are able to carefully resolve problems with the shape, size, or color of teeth, and we can deal with problems that stem from enamel damage or wear and tear. With that said, it is sometimes necessary to deal with esthetic issues with restorative dental work. At every regular dental exam, your dentist can talk to you about your different options for smile care if you want to improve the way you look, or if you need to take on active oral health concerns. (more…)

What Questions Do You Have About Implant Dentistry?

If you are missing one tooth, or several teeth, you can have several questions about prosthetic dentistry. At our Ankeny, IA dentist’s office, we are ready to walk you through your treatment options if you are ready to regain your full smile. One treatment approach we can recommend will rely on a dental implant or, if necessary, multiple dental implants to help replace several teeth. Dental implants provide a degree of stability that makes patients feel more at ease with their restoration. They can comfortably put pressure on it when they bite and chew, as they will not have to worry about it becoming loose. The implant actually helps stabilize neighboring teeth, too, as it provides support for the roots at either side. During a consultation, you can learn how this approach can benefit you, and you can discuss any alternative treatment approaches that might be effective. (more…)

How Flossing Protects Your Periodontal Health

When you do a good job preventing gum disease, you protect yourself against a condition that can negatively affect your general health and raise your risk for tooth loss. Your daily routine can – and should – be effective at fighting the buildup of oral bacteria capable of causing gingivitis. One thing to do in order to avoid this infection is floss, as those bacteria can consistently build up between your teeth. Our Ankeny, IA dentist’s office can provide you with tips on better brushing and flossing to prevent gum disease. We also provide care during regular dental exams that will help you preserve your dental and periodontal health. (more…)

Can Conservative Dental Work Lead To A Better Smile?

The more concerned you are about your smile, the more work you may assume you need to see your desired improvements. If you tell yourself that the cosmetic dental treatment you need will take too long or be involved for your comfort, you can talk yourself out of even exploring your options for care. At our Ankeny, IA dentist’s office, we can take on a range of cosmetic concerns that upset patients. When you begin to look into treatment, you can find that a conservative procedure is capable of making big improvements. For example, we can make sure flawed teeth are the right shape, size, and color to fit in with your smile by performing a tooth bonding and contouring procedure. This work only requires a single appointment – when work is complete, you can be excited to show off your improved smile! (more…)

Restarting A Habit Of Regular Dental Checkups And Cleanings

If you broke from your habit of regularly scheduling routine dental exams and cleanings, your oral health may have suffered more than you currently know. These visits help you avoid problems with tooth decay as well as tartar accumulation, issues with your periodontal health, and more. Without access to consistent care, you can be more vulnerable to these problems, and you miss out on early detection and treatment for problems like nighttime teeth grinding, or bruxism. Our Ankeny, IA dentist’s office is ready to help you preserve your smile if you wish to start attending regular exams again. At every visit, your smile will be thoroughly evaluated as well as cleaned, which will help you avoid potential problems over time that require restorative dental work. (more…)

Arranging Restorative Dentistry That Preserves Your Smile

Restorative dental work needs to occur in order to stop a problem with tooth decay from growing worse. Our teeth are protected by a strong outer layer of enamel, but this substance will not be able to heal naturally from damage done by cavities and physical trauma. Fortunately, there are treatments that both preserve the appearance of teeth and provides long-term functional support. At our Ankeny, IA dentist’s office, we are able to restore teeth with dental crowns and dental fillings that imitate healthy enamel. While preserving your appearance, they also provide enough stability to let you bite and chew without worrying over causing new harm! (more…)

Three Reasons To Be Concerned About Gingivitis

Do you worry enough about gingivitis? Gum disease is a problem that affects many people. Fortunately, the right care can stop an infection from worsening and restore the health of your gums before there are long-term problems. However, if that care is not received in time, your condition can worsen. At this stage, you will face potential complications from periodontitis, an advanced form of gum disease that can be difficult to control. Our Ankeny, IA dentist’s office will check on the condition of your gums as well as your teeth at every routine dental exam. If there are signs of poor health that call for attention, we can provide care to fight the bacteria that are gathering on the roots of teeth causing problems. We can also provide preventive services to help you avoid this trouble, and support to help you practice better daily habits. (more…)