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How to Treat Cracked Teeth

Did a misadventure or freak accident leave you with or suspecting a cracked tooth? Treatment options for this usually depends on how severe the crack is and where precisely it’s located. Here are the treatments you can expect at our Practice: Bonding / Filling Notice a small crack when you look in the mirror? If this is a surface crack in your enamel with no structural damage to your teeth, your crack can be easily bonded or filled over. This process usually doesn’t require numbing either. Dental Crown Moderate cracks usually can’t be filled over. If there’s no underlying structural … Continue reading

Invest In Your Smile With Dental Veneers

Considering cosmetic dental treatment to improve your smile? There are a range of options available for you to choose from. For a comprehensive smile makeover, we recommend giving our dental veneers some thought! Here’s what cosmetic veneers have to offer you: Best Solution for Healthy Teeth A dental veneer is made of thin porcelain that is used to mask the tooth behind it. Thus, they’re not used to repair damaged or broken teeth. This is the ideal solution for healthy teeth that have a few aesthetic flaws you’re trying to mask! “Instant Braces” Orthodontic treatment is a great way to … Continue reading

Do You Need a Dental Crown?

What are dental crowns? These are the restorations that cover your entire tooth. It essentially acts as a cap for a damaged tooth, protecting it from breaking further. While usually made out of porcelain, they can also be made using ceramic or metal layers. When would you need one? We’ve outlined the instances below! Your cavity is too big Fillings are an appropriate solution when there’s only a limited amount of damage done to your tooth. If your cavity is too big, a filling will just put you at higher risk of a dental emergency so a crown would be … Continue reading

Top 3 Causes for Bad Breath!

Do you find yourself prone to bad breath? This is quite a sensitive dental concern for most of our patients but our dentists at Somersmiles Dental are more than ready to help pinpoint the underlying cause, as well as suggest some remedies for it! Apart from eating some troublemaking foods such as garlic and dairy products, here are some dental issues that can give way to bad breath: Dry Mouth / Xerostomia This is a condition that occurs when your salivary glands don’t make enough saliva to keep your mouth moist. This can be caused by a number of different … Continue reading

After-Care Instructions for Your Wisdom Teeth Removal

Following the after-care instructions given to you by our dentists after your wisdom teeth removal is very important. If the surgical site is disturbed/not taken care of properly, this can potentially give way to a “dry socket”. This essentially means an exposed jaw bone, which will be very painful. Avoid this situation entirely by following the below steps. Changing the gauze Your surgical site will have gauze placed over it and before you leave our Practice, we’ll teach you how to change it properly. It’s important that you wet the gauze before putting it in place to avoid it from … Continue reading

5 Ways Sedation Dentistry Reduces Worries

Plenty of dental procedures involve the use of sedation. This technique is only used in Practices in order to ensure the patient is fully comfortable at all times. We understand that sometimes a trip to the dentist can be unnerving so allow us to ease your mind. Here are some reasons why our patients prefer sedation during certain dental procedures: Reduces anxiety Dental phobia is quite common amongst dental patients. Certain smells, sounds or even equipment and objects you see at the dentist’s can trigger this phobia and make the experience can quite an uncomfortable one. Sedation will help ease … Continue reading

Why You Need to Replace Your Missing Teeth ASAP!

Ever had to get your tooth extracted? No matter the dental condition involved, if you’ve had to get your tooth removed, this means there was not enough healthy structure left to restore it. Having this procedure carried out would offer you immense pain relief but there’s far more to the story. After you extract your tooth, you’ll want to have it replaced ASAP, and here’s why! Opposite tooth may erupt Every tooth has a biting partner in the opposite arch. So, in the event that a tooth is removed on one side, the opposite tooth may begin to erupt out … Continue reading

How Periodontitis Affects Your Dental Health

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Periodontitis, also known as gum disease, is quite a common dental condition that affects the soft tissue around your teeth. Left untreated, this condition can escalate to destroy bone. In its earliest stages, patients will experience gingivitis, which is the inflammation and redness along your gum line. As the first stage of gum infection, this is usually caused by plaque that has accumulated for a long time. Bleeding occurs as your gum disease gets progressively worse. This is a reaction to your body’s immune system releasing antibodies targeted to that specific area. Once the soft tissues break down and bleed, … Continue reading

3 Harmful Side-Effects of Teeth Grinding

woman grinding teeth in sleep

More formally known as “Bruxism”, teeth grinding or clenching is a habit that is quite common. Most often, it’s caused in our patients by stress. Your teeth clenching could be a daytime habit- but it could also be occurring at night when you’re asleep! This habit doesn’t just damage your teeth but also any dental work you may have done! We recommend regular checkups to catch any signs of bruxism with immediate intervention. Teeth Grinding Causes: Worn teeth The most obvious sign would be flattened, jagged teeth. This is the effect of constant wear and tear from grinding. If you … Continue reading

How Gum Disease Can Affect Your Overall Well-Being!

How Gum Disease Can Affect Your Overall Well-Being

Did you think that gum disease only leads to bleeding gums and smelly breath? There are plenty more adverse effects associated with this disease that can actually affect your overall well-being if the condition escalates to advanced stages! What to expect Areas affected by gum disease may stimulate bacteria to spread from your tooth deeper, beyond the deceased tissue to the pockets under your gums. Once this happens, the bacteria can easily spread to your cardiovascular system. This is how your immunity gets compromised and is forced to trigger a response. Research dictates that this disease correlates with several health … Continue reading