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    Are You a Good Candidate for a Gum Lift?

    Last updated 2 months ago

    Even if you have perfect teeth, excessive or uneven gums might ruin the aesthetic of your smile. Your dentist can perform a gum lift to bring the gums back to a normal position and give you more confidence. Keep reading to find out if you are a good candidate for this procedure:

    You have Uneven Gums Create the Appearance of Crooked Teeth
    An uneven gum line might make it seem like you have crooked teeth even if they are perfectly straight. Dentists can now use a laser to sculpt the gums into a more even shape. The procedure only requires a local anesthetic to gently numb the area that will receive the treatment. The use of the laser reduces the amount of bleeding from the treatment and decreases the risk for infection. A gum lift will even out the aesthetic issues with your gums and improve the look of your entire smile.

    You Have Gums that Extend Too Far
    Excessive gums also ruin the aesthetic appeal of a smile. Dentists often refer to this condition as a “gummy” smile. When the gums extend too far down, they make the teeth appear smaller. This overall effect causes self-consciousness that might reduce a person’s desire to smile freely. With the help of this effective laser procedure, you can get rid of these excessive gums and shift the focus from your gums to your beautiful, white teeth. Once the procedure is complete, you might have swollen gums for about a week, but you will probably not have much more discomfort than that.

    Come to West Chester Dental Arts today to talk to the dentist about how a gum lift can help to solve your gum issues and make you feel more confident about your smile. Dr. Shelly, Dr. Lee, and Dr. Fort are committed to offering each patient personalized service that targets their specific issues. To learn more about this and other procedures like dental implants, visit us online or call (484) 881-3501.


    What Foods Are Staining Your Teeth?

    Last updated 2 months ago

    Teeth whitening treatments will be much more effective if you cut certain stain-causing foods out of your diet. In general, if a food or beverage will stain a white t-shirt, it will most likely cause discoloration on your teeth.

    Try to avoid foods and beverages like coffee, berries, soda, and candy to maintain whiter teeth. If you do eat or drink these foods, you should brush your teeth when you are done. Check out this video for more information on how your diet can affect the look of your smile.

    If you are tired of stains decreasing the aesthetics of your smile, come to West Chester Dental Arts for a teeth-whitening treatment that works. Our dentists are here to help you fix your oral issues to improve your smile. To learn more about our services, visit us online or call (484) 881-3501.

    Advanced Technology at West Chester Dental Arts

    Last updated 2 months ago

    A dental office is only as good as its team members and the technology they are able to utilize in diagnosing and treating oral issues. West Chester Dental Arts is proud to have state-of-the-art technology so we can offer you the best dental treatment possible. We utilize digital x-rays, which are easier for our dentists to read, give us a clearer picture of your oral health, and reduce the amount of radiation to which you are exposed. Intraoral photography allows us to monitor any changes in your dental health from one appointment to the next. If you’re in need of an endodontic procedure like a root canal, we have surgical microscopes to ensure we do the job accurately, quickly, and as painlessly as possible.

    Experience the advanced dental technology at West Chester Dental Arts for yourself by scheduling an appointment at (484) 881-3501. We offer oral sedation dentistry for patients with anxieties or phobias, and our dental team works hard to make sure you have the gentlest experience possible with us.

    Reasons to Consider Replacing Missing Teeth

    Last updated 2 months ago

    Your oral health is important to your overall wellbeing, which is one of the reasons you should take good care of your mouth by brushing, flossing, and visiting your dentist on a regular basis. Dental issues, such as missing teeth, can affect how you feel about yourself as well as your oral health. If you are missing one or more permanent teeth, there are a number of options available to you such as dentures, bridges, and dental implants. Keep reading to learn why you should consider replacing your missing teeth.

    In today’s image-conscious world, a smile that is missing a tooth can attract unwanted attention. You don’t have to go through life being embarrassed about your smile, as advances in dentistry offer you many choices for temporary and permanent tooth replacement. In addition to the everyday aesthetic concerns that missing teeth present, there are also long-term reasons to investigate replacing your missing teeth. The absence of even one tooth can cause your other teeth to shift, resulting in a crooked smile. Even missing a tooth in the back can lead to changes in your face and smile that make you appear older than you are.

    Bone Health
    Over time, the bone where your missing tooth once was has a tendency to shrink. This process, known as resorption, causes your jaw bone to lose mass. Resorption only gets worse as time passes, and can eventually make it impossible to even wear a removable denture. The gums that cover that bone will also start to shrink, which can affect the health of neighboring teeth. In addition, bone loss can cause your smile to change and give your face a sunken, older appearance. Dental implants are the only tooth replacement option that prevents bone loss, as the implant is attached directly to the bone itself.

    You can show off your mouth full of pearly whites every time you smile after your dental restoration procedure at West Chester Dental Arts. Contact us at (484) 881-3501 to learn how we can help you get your beautiful smile back the way it once was.

    The Importance of Dental X-Rays

    Last updated 3 months ago

    It’s easy to see if you have a piece of food stuck in your teeth, but it’s nearly impossible to see with the naked eye if you have a cavity or other dental problem. That’s why dentists use x-rays to get a thorough overview of your oral health.

    During your dental examination, your dentist may recommend that you have x-rays taken. X-rays can show cavities that are lurking between teeth or being hidden by fillings. They can also reveal infections, periodontal disease, abscesses, and even tumors. Spotting these dental problems early can save you time and prevent them from getting worse.

    At West Chester Dental Arts, we utilize the latest imaging technology to get a clear and comprehensive picture of your oral health. Call our office at (484) 881-3501 to learn more about our dental practice, and to schedule an appointment for your next routine exam.

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