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Is a Dental Veneer the Same Thing as a Crown?

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You want to have something done about your front teeth. They’ve gone through wear, chips, staining, and even have a few small gaps between them. You’ve seen photographs of cosmetic crowns and porcelain veneers, but still aren’t sure which one is right for you. Is there a difference between the two types of porcelain restorations? Why would one be better over the other? Full vs. Partial Coverage Dental crowns are restorations that cover the full surface of your teeth above the gums. They encircle all sides as well as the top. In contrast, dental veneers only cover one surface with … Continue reading

Five Common Causes of Worn Teeth

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Are you starting to notice teeth that look flatter, sharp on the edges, or physically worn down? There are a number of reasons why this may be happening. With a bit of detective work on your own and the help of our Somerville dentists, you can stop tooth wear from getting worse. Here are five common reasons why you may be experiencing flat, worn teeth.   Malocclusion Your occlusion is the relationship of how your upper and lower teeth bite down against one another. A malocclusion means that biting relationship is “off.” As such, certain teeth will bite and chew … Continue reading

This Bad Dental Habit Could be Causing Your Headaches

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Do you suffer from frequent headaches or migraines? The tension could be coming from something you haven’t given previous thought to: your teeth grinding and clenching habit. Also called “bruxism,” teeth grinding is known to cause a plethora or side-effects, ranging from worn teeth to, you guessed it, headaches. How Does Bruxism Cause Pain? When your teeth are clenching against one another, it causes tension in the jaw muscles and around your TMJ (the hinge joint on each side of the mandible, just in front of your ear.) Over time the constant fatigue can radiate into the face, head, neck, … Continue reading

Do You Have Gum Disease?

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Periodontitis — better known as “gum disease” — isn’t something that’s easily reversed like gingivitis. Rather, it’s an aggressive condition that causes deterioration of the gums and bone tissue that support your smile.   Left untreated, gum disease ultimately leads to tooth loss.   Fortunately, early screening and periodontal therapies can help to save your smile before tooth mobility becomes a concern. Here are some common symptoms to look for:   Bad Breath — Halitosis is an obvious side-effect of an active oral infection. Brushing and flossing won’t help if the cause lies deep under your gum tissues!   Receding … Continue reading

What’s Causing Your Sensitive Teeth?

Do your teeth seem to be more sensitive than they used to be? Are you noticing a “zing” when you bite into cold foods or feel chilly wind rush by your smile? Or maybe you only have one area of your mouth that feels tender every time you brush? Depending on what’s causing it, there are a number of reasons why you may be experiencing tooth sensitivity. Here are some of the first things you’ll want to discuss with our Somerville dentists: Use of Whitening Products Did your tooth sensitivity start after you switched toothpaste to the whitening blend you … Continue reading

The Difference Between Crowns and Bridges

Repairing a damaged tooth can require various techniques, depending on your situation and what your smile has been through. At times, the choices available may seem a little overwhelming. Two of the most common restorative dental treatments that our Somerville dentists offer are crowns and bridges. But what’s the difference between the two? Dental Crowns for Individual Teeth Crowns (sometimes called “caps”) are single-tooth restorations that cover a tooth to protect it, after it has experienced significant structural damage or been treated with a root canal. A crown is usually made of porcelain, but it can also have a metal … Continue reading

Can Antibiotics Prevent Root Canal Treatment?

Have you recently gone to the dentist to get a toothache looked at? Did the Somerville dentists at Somersmiles Dental tell you that you need root canal treatment? If so, this means that the nerve inside your tooth is damaged. You may be wondering if taking an antibiotic can help and if it’ll prevent you from having to go through with the root canal altogether. This is a good question that many patients have! Antibiotics Aren’t A Cure While certain antibiotics are helpful in reducing the amount of pain and infection in a tooth, they are by no means a … Continue reading

4 Signs That You Should Get Your Wisdom Teeth Removed

Your third molars, also known as “wisdom teeth” are the ones that are farthest back in our mouths.  There are four of them total, with some people having an extra one or two every now and then. You probably know many people who have had their wisdom teeth removed – but how do you know if you’re going to be one of them? The friendly and professional team at Somersmiles Dental in Somerville can evaluate your wisdom teeth and help you decide if they should stay, or if they need to go. You Should Get Your Wisdom Teeth Removed If … Continue reading

Why Whiten Before Cosmetic Treatment?

Are you considering having an aesthetic dental procedure, such as veneers, bonding, or a few tooth coloured fillings replaced? You may want to consider whitening your smile first. Dental Work Doesn’t Whiten Once you’ve had a restoration such as composite bonding, white fillings, or porcelain crowns placed, they stay that colour. The ceramic materials inside of them won’t respond to whitening agents. Although superficial stains can be removed, the foundation of the material will remain constant. No whitening product will change its colour, so if you decide to go whiter later on, the entire restoration will need to be changed … Continue reading

Four Reasons to Wear a Mouthguard

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Do you or your teen need a mouthguard made? Here are four reasons you should ask our Somerville dentist about one during your next checkup.   Managing TMJ Disorder TMJ disorder is when the joint on one or both sides of the jaw functions atypically. It may be due to excess muscle tension, past trauma or injury, bite changes, or even orthodontic therapy. Wearing a mouthguard is an ideal alternative to TMJ surgery.   Wear from Bruxism (Grinding) Clenching and grinding the teeth together (also known as “bruxism”) is often a subconscious habit that’s due to stress. It’s also a … Continue reading