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    The Benefits of Having Whiter Teeth

    Last updated 3 months ago

    Is your smile not looking quite as bright as it used to? If so, then teeth whitening could be the answer. Whitening your teeth obviously improves the color of your teeth, but it also brings many benefits that you may not have considered. If you’re thinking of teeth whitening but haven’t made up your mind, here are some reasons that you should speak to your dentist about this fast, easy procedure.

    Improved Confidence
    Not feeling good about your smile can weigh heavily on your confidence. When you go into social and work situations worrying about hiding your teeth, you can’t fully engage in what is going on. The more you become concerned about your smile, the less you will feel like facing the world. Brightening your teeth will restore your confidence to go out there and get back to your life.

    Younger Appearance
    People will spend thousands of dollars on surgery, creams, and injections to make them look younger, yet few people stop to consider their teeth. Yellowed teeth can make you much older than you actually are. Teeth whitening is a non-invasive, affordable way to get a younger look without the pain and hassles associated with other anti-aging treatments.

    Better Oral Health
    Teeth whitening itself doesn’t have an impact on your overall dental health. However, dentists have noticed that patients who undergo teeth whitening also seem develop a renewed interest in their oral hygiene. When you feel good about your smile, you will feel motivated to better care of it. By perfecting your brushing and flossing regime, you can keep a laundry list of oral health issues, like cavities and gum disease, at bay.

    Teeth whitening is just one of the services we provide at West Chester Dental Arts to keep your smile beautiful and healthy. Our practice also performed everything from preventative care to dental implants, and we always offer sedation dentistry to make your visits as comfortable as possible. Make an appointment at our West Chester, PA dentist office by calling (484) 881-3501.

    Fixing a Gap in Your Teeth

    Last updated 3 months ago

    When most people think of correcting gaps in teeth, they think of braces. However, braces aren’t the only way to fix tooth gaps. Your dentist can use other procedures to correct your gap quickly without you having to commit to wearing braces.

    Watch this video to learn about alternatives to braces for fixing gaps. Veneers are one such choice. Veneers can be used to fix shape, size, color, and spacing. For small gaps, bonding is another solution. Your dentist can use the same tooth-colored composite material used to fill cavities to close small gaps.

    If you have concerns about tooth gaps, talk to West Chester Dental Arts. With our range of treatment options, we will find the right solution for you. Does seeing the dentist make you nervous? Come experience fear-free dental care with our sedation dentistry solutions. Learn more by calling (484) 882-3501.

    The Progression of Untreated Gum Disease

    Last updated 3 months ago

    Gum disease is a major health crisis for your entire body. Left untreated, gum disease can lead to tooth loss as well as heart disease, respiratory problems, and increased diabetes complications. If you experience the telltale signs of gum disease, like bleeding gums, it is important to make an appointment with your dentist right away. Gum disease becomes more difficult to treat as it progresses, so early diagnosis and treatment can make a significant difference. Here is a look at how gum disease worsens if your dentist doesn’t intervene.

    Gingivitis
    Gingivitis is the earliest stage of gum disease. It is caused by plaque that builds up along the gum line, which irritates the gums. When you have gingivitis, your gums may look inflamed and they may bleed when you brush your teeth. In many cases, improving your oral hygiene routine by brushing at least twice per day and flossing at least once can cure gingivitis and stop gum disease in its tracks. Talk to your dentist about using special rinses to help control plaque around your gums.

    Periodontitis
    If your gingivitis is not treated, then periodontitis will set in. This form of gum disease is very serious because it infects the bones and fibers that are attached to your teeth and damages them beyond repair. Pockets below your gum line may form, where food and bacteria can sit, exacerbating your disease. Your dentist can perform deep cleanings to clear up periodontitis before more damage occurs.

    Advanced Periodontitis
    This is the final stage of gum disease. At this point, the fibers and bones that hold your teeth are rendered completely useless. Your teeth will likely shift and become loose. They may even fall out. Your dentist can perform aggressive treatments to try to save your teeth, but in some cases, they may need to be removed to halt the infection.

    Don’t let advanced gum disease happen to you. Report all signs of gum disease to your West Chester Dental Arts dentist right away. With our sedation dentistry services, treatment is always worry-free. Take control of your oral health and make an appointment with one of our dentists by calling (484) 881-3501.

    All About Dental Bridges

    Last updated 3 months ago

    A dental bridge is one option you and your dentist can consider when you have a missing tooth. Dental bridges are designed to be permanent tooth replacement options and can be made to match your remaining teeth for a natural look.

    Watch this video to learn more about how dental bridges work. Bridges are made up of two crowns on each end with a replacement tooth in the middle. The crowns are placed on either side area in which you are missing a tooth to anchor the replacement tooth in place. Bridges only work if those anchor teeth are strong enough to adequately support the bridge.

    Could a dental bridge be right for you? Make an appointment at West Chester Dental Arts to find out. We offer a range of options for treating missing teeth and provide sedation dentistry for nervous patients. Schedule an appointment by calling (484) 881-3501.

    Understanding the Dangers of Impacted Wisdom Teeth

    Last updated 3 months ago

    The wisdom teeth are the last teeth to erupt in the adult mouth. Often, the jaws do not have sufficient room to house the wisdom teeth or the teeth are rotated so that they do not erupt properly. Impacted wisdom teeth can affect your overall dental health and your dentist may suggest tooth extraction to prevent future problems.

    Infection
    An impacted wisdom tooth may only partially break through the gums, rather than emerge fully as a healthy tooth should. A partially-erupted wisdom tooth can easily trap food and bacteria around the gum line, increasing the risk of tooth decay. Additionally, the location of the wisdom teeth at the back of the mouth make them harder to clean with your toothbrush. A wisdom tooth that has only partially erupted may also be impossible to floss, leading to a higher risk of periodontal disease.

    Tooth Damage
    Impacted wisdom can affect the healthy teeth around them. Severely impacted teeth may press against the roots of the second molars. This can cause pain and damage the tooth root, leading to an increased risk of infection in an otherwise healthy tooth.

    Misaligned Teeth
    Impacted wisdom teeth may cause the rest of the teeth in your jaw to shift in an attempt to accommodate the third molar. This can lead to crowding and overlapping teeth that are not only a cosmetic concern, but affect your dental health as well. Crowded teeth are difficult to floss and brush, leading to a higher likelihood of tooth decay and gum disease.

    Cysts
    In some cases, the area around an impacted wisdom tooth can fill with fluid, causing a condition called an oral cyst. Untreated cysts can weaken the jaw bone or cause damage the nerves and roots of your teeth.

    It’s important to have your dentist evaluate your wisdom teeth and determine if they could negatively affect your dental health. Please call West Chester Dental Arts at (484) 881-3501 to schedule comprehensive dental care in West Chester, PA. You can find more information about factors that impact your dental health on our blog.

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