Warning Signs Of Oral Health Trouble

How much attention are you really giving your smile? Beyond brushing and flossing your teeth, are you looking out for any early warning signs of oral health trouble that you should bring up with your dentist? Do you feel confident that you know what signs of trouble you ought to watch for if you want to catch problems early? The good news is that you are not the only person who can identify problems in their early stages. At our Ankeny, IA dentist’s office, we can provide important feedback about your oral health at every routine appointment. With that said, paying attention to problems and recognizing when you might need treatment can help you avoid complications that impact your well-being and appearance. (more…)

Identifying And Treating Gingivitis

Are you currently ignoring a problem with gingivitis? Trouble with your periodontal health can cause symptoms that you notice between appointments. With that said, people can miss the signs of trouble that occur, which can lead to more difficulties over time. At our Ankeny, IA dentist’s office, we can provide important feedback about your dental and periodontal health at a routine exam. If you do have symptoms of gingivitis, we will recommend a deep cleaning to remove bacteria that have built up below your gum line. Doing this removes the microbes causing difficulties for you, which can reverse an infection before long-term issues occur. (more…)

Restoring A Chipped Tooth’s Appearance

man with restored smileIf you chip your tooth, your smile can undergo a dramatic change. Even if the damage is only superficial, it can be distracting enough to create serious concerns over the way you look. The good news is that addressing the problem can ultimately take less time, and less dental work, than you anticipate! Our Ankeny, IA dentist’s office can evaluate your physical damage and determine what kind of care might be appropriate. One way to restore a chipped tooth is to move forward with a tooth bonding treatment. This approach does not require a permanent restoration, which makes care more conservative than you might expect. (more…)

Flossing Daily To Protect Teeth And Gums

dental flossAre you certain that your teeth and gums are safe from oral health problems? The lack of obvious symptoms can feel reassuring, but many people who go in for routine care are surprised to hear that issues have developed and require professional care. One thing you can do to keep your smile protected is floss consistently on a daily basis. By flossing, you remove harmful plaque and food deposits before they cause you problems with tooth decay and gum disease. While an improved routine is important, you should not see it as a replacement for regular dental checkups! Our Ankeny, IA dentist’s office can keep you informed about your dental well-being and provide treatment for problems before they lead to complications. (more…)

Should You Receive A Dental Bridge?

If you are trying to simply live with an incomplete smile, you can run into several frustrating problems. Those problems can come up during meals and snacks, as you can have a more difficult time biting and chewing. You can also find it hard to feel comfortable with your appearance, as you may worry that people can see the gap in your smile. The good news is that a permanent dental prosthetic can address these issues. At our Ankeny, IA dentist’s office, we can meet with you to discuss the benefits of restoring your smile with a dental bridge! A bridge is something that we can permanently secure without the need to perform oral surgery. (more…)

Undergoing A Periodontal Cleaning

woman at dental officeAt many typical routine dental checkups, patients receive an evaluation and teeth cleaning. With that said, the approach taken to caring for a patient can change when that patient has an issue, like gingivitis, that calls for attention. At our Ankeny, IA dentist’s office, we can provide a periodontal cleaning when you have symptoms of gingivitis. By providing this service, we can take care of bacteria that are gathering below your gum line. This stops an infection from worsening, and it also gives your gums the chance to recover. Without the appropriate care, gum disease can become a serious issue, one that can cause tooth loss and other problems. (more…)

Services We Can Provide At A Dental Exam

dental patient happy with healthy teethHow much does your dentist really do for you in the course of a dental exam? Regular preventive dental care can have long-term benefits that you should not disregard. Consistent care can keep you better protected against cavities, and these visits also help you avoid issues with poor periodontal health. Dental Impressions in Ankeny, IA provides important preventive care during every routine checkup. We also provide services to address problems you may have with your smile. This is not limited to oral health matters, as we can also discuss cosmetic services that give you more confidence in the way you look.

Benefits Of Tooth Bonding And Contouring

man with nice smileThere are cosmetic procedures that take less work, and less time, than you may expect. As you look into treatment options to address a certain flaw, or several flaws, with your smile, you can be surprised at how accessible a procedure may be. At our Ankeny, IA dentist’s office, we provide multiple treatment options for our patients who want to change the way they look. One option we offer is tooth bonding and contouring work. These services carefully change tooth shape, size, and color without restorations, which can reduce the work needed to change the way you look. For many people, this approach to smile care can be finished after just one appointment! (more…)

Cavity Care That Restores A Tooth’s Health And Appearance

If your Ankeny, IA dentist treats a cavity, will they change your tooth’s appearance? Concerns around dental work and a person’s smile are understandable, but you can find that the right restorations will address problems without affecting how you look. When treating a cavity, we can provide a dental filling or dental crown that imitates your healthy enamel. Because of this, we can avoid embarrassing or awkward changes to the way you look even if we have to perform treatment in a more visible space. Remember that our office is also here to help you prevent problems by providing consistent checkups and teeth cleanings! (more…)

3 Things To Remember If You Want To Maintain Healthy Gums

If you are not taking your periodontal health seriously, you can make yourself vulnerable to potentially serious problems. While gingivitis is a reversible infection, one your Ankeny, IA dentist can address during a routine dental exam, gum disease can become a persistent concern for your overall well-being. In time, gum disease can worsen and begin to cause damage to the tissues that support your teeth. In addition to that issue, which can lead to tooth loss, periodontal problems can interfere with your ability to manage other conditions. It is important to watch out for gingivitis between appointments, and to schedule regular dental exams. Doing so will make it easier to recognize and address problems before they worsen. (more…)