There are times when you may go in for an appointment at your dentist's office only to be referred to an orthodontist. Why is this? An orthodontist is a dental health practitioner just like a dentist, but they have specialist training in several areas. Succinctly put, you can consider all orthodontists as dentists, but not all dentists are orthodontists. Here is a look at an orthodontist's two main areas of specialisation [Read More]
Why Does the Gum on Your Wisdom Tooth Hurt?
If your wisdom teeth erupted without giving you any grief, then you may have breathed a sigh of relief. It's common to have problems when these final teeth come through. However, sometimes wisdom teeth come through normally only to develop problems later. For example, you may have noticed that the gum around one of your wisdom teeth is swollen and sore. Why is the gum suddenly painful and what can you do about it? [Read More]
When It's Necessary to Visit the Dentist Between Your Routine Checkups
Usually, it is recommended to visit your dentist at least annually, depending on your overall oral health, age, and other such factors. While these regular visits can ensure that you get a proper exam and that dental problems are addressed before they become serious, nothing can guarantee that you won't experience oral health issues between those routine appointments. Note when to visit the dentist in between your regular checkups, so you don't assume certain dental issues are minor when they may actually be quite serious. [Read More]
A Guide to Dental Implants and Crown Lengthening
Dental implants are used to replace areas where teeth have been lost. Implants are placed into the jaw and are made from metal. After a while, the bone surrounds the implant and secures it into place. A crown is placed over the implant so that the space that the missing tooth left is occupied. The crown is custom made to fit the appearance and size of your other teeth. Crown lengthening is a method of reducing excess gum and improving gum health. [Read More]