Which Is Better: Dental Bonding or Porcelain Veneers?

Damaged and discolored teeth, along with other perceived dental flaws, can significantly impact the appearance of your smile and your confidence. Fortunately, cosmetic dentistry procedures, such as dental bonding and porcelain veneers, can easily correct cracks, chips, gaps, stains, discoloration, and/or misalignment. These procedures can even improve the appearance of worn or uneven teeth. But…

How to Prepare for Teeth Whitening if You Have Sensitive Teeth

It is common for sensitive teeth to become irritated during teeth whitening treatments, but with proper preparation, discomfort can be minimized. Before you embark on your teeth whitening treatment, our dentist, Thomas J. Horak, , suggests the following: Use a specially formulated toothpaste for sensitive teeth (we recommend Sensodine® or PreviDent 5000 Booster®) daily for…

How Long Does Teeth Whitening Last?

With proper care, the results of teeth whitening treatment can last up to one or more years for many patients. Extending the length of time that your results last is dependent upon following post-whitening instructions and performing periodic touch-up treatments. Our dentist, Thomas J. Horak, , recommends adhering to the following guidelines to keep your…

What causes TMD?

Impact or trauma to the jaw, chin, neck, or the side of the face can result in damage to the temporomandibular joints – the hinges of the jaw that connect the lower jaw to the skull. Damage or inflammation of these joints is referred to as temporomandibular joint disorder, also known as TMJ Disorder or…

How Do I Know If I Have TMJ Disorder?

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) that connects the upper and lower jaws can become damaged due to a number of causes, including external impact or internal factors such as poor occlusion, arthritis, imbalance, or simple overuse. When this joint is not operating properly and causing discomfort or pain, the condition is referred to as TMJ disorder,…

Are Dental Implants Painful?

Surgical placement of dental implants is considered a relatively minor surgery which, under ideal circumstances, results in minimal discomfort to the patient. Different variations on the specific surgical techniques used in a dental implant procedure can cause either more or less discomfort, and any pain resulting from treatment can be easily managed with mild pain…

Dental Implants vs Fixed Dental Bridges

When considering options for tooth replacement, many of our patients are curious about the pros and cons of dental implants and fixed dental bridges. Each option has its own set of benefits and drawbacks which can vary depending on the patient’s unique dental needs, treatment goals, and financial resources. More and more, however, patients are…