How do I know if my wisdom teeth need to be extracted?

Wisdom teeth are the large molars furthest back in your mouth. Most problems with wisdom teeth occur in people aged 15 – 25 years old, which is also the best time to have them extracted because the roots are not fully developed and the jaw bone is not as dense. Wisdom Tooth Extraction usually occurs in a Continue Reading →

NASCAR driver Danica Patrick talks dental health

he selection of Patrick as the initiative’s spokesperson, Aspen Dental CEO Bob Fontana said the company was looking for someone who could help raise awareness and promote their effort.

“We knew that no matter how much we could do, we needed someone who really could grab the attention,” he said. “When we met Danica, we were pleased that not only did she understand the crisis right away, she wanted to get involved and she felt passionately about it.” Continue Reading →

Got Dental Health questions? We’ve got answers.

Everyone can benefit from following the standard guidelines for oral health: flossing daily, brushing twice daily, maintaining a healthy diet, avoiding tobacco use, and having regular dental checkups. Staying on top of your oral hygiene will help you avoid gum disease and will keep your teeth healthy and strong for a lifetime. However, particular groups Continue Reading →

What should I expect during my Downtown Concord Dental appointment?

One of Downtown Concord Dental staff members will review your medical and dental history.  We will then examine your teeth and gums, screen you for oral cancer, take x-rays of your teeth, as needed, and complete a TMJ (temporomandibular or jaw joint) exam. For new patients, your dental care begins with what we call the “PERFECT BEGINNING”  This Continue Reading →

What are Dental Crowns and Tooth Bridges?

What are Dental Crowns and Tooth Bridges?
Both crowns and most bridges are fixed prosthetic devices. Unlike removable devices such as dentures, which you can take out and clean daily, crowns and bridges are cemented onto existing teeth or implants, and can only be removed by a dentist.

How do Crowns Work?
A crown is used to entirely cover or “cap” a damaged tooth. Besides strengthening a damaged tooth, a crown can be used to improve its appearance, shape or alignment. A crown can also be placed on top of an implant to provide a tooth-like shape and structure for function. Porcelain or ceramic crowns can be matched to the color of your natural teeth. Other materials include gold and metal alloys, acrylic and ceramic. These alloys are generally stronger than porcelain and may be recommended for back teeth. Porcelain bonded to a metal shell is often used because it is both strong and attractive. Continue Reading →

New in Dentistry Materials and Treatments

Patients today are increasingly taking more responsibility for their own health care. They tend to be well-read, educated by previous health-care experiences, and much more discriminating in their own choice of practitioners and treatment methods. As health practitioners struggling with the complex task of helping these patients achieve optimum wellness, we are constantly searching for the information that best answers their questions and offers solutions to their health concerns. Our task is complicated by genetics, the environment, nutrition, emotional and personal habits that compromise and influence our patients’ health. These influences include the subtle but powerful adverse effects of dental materials and procedures on the body. If we look at the optimum wellness and longevity as a complex picture composed of many puzzle pieces, we find a multitude of influences on our health. Continue Reading →

Preventive Dentistry: Care Today, Savings Tomorrow

Preventive dentistry emphasizes the importance of ongoing hygiene procedures and daily practices to prevent tooth decay and other dental diseases and conditions. Effective preventive dentistry combines at-home oral care by patients with chairside treatments and counseling by dental professionals. If you don’t take care of your teeth and properly manage your oral health, you may find yourself forking over thousands of dollars in restorative dental care. Did you know that a full mouth reconstruction can cost between $45,000 and $80,000? By practicing preventive dentistry, you can safeguard yourself from these exorbitant dental costs. Continue Reading →