What Kind of Crack Do You Have in Your Tooth?

Close up of cracked teeth

A cracked tooth requires dental treatment. But what kind of treatment you need depends on the kind of crack you experienced. Here’s a guide to the types of cracks that appear in teeth and what types of treatment they require. Cusp Fracture The cusps are the little peaks on your teeth. They can sometimes take the brunt of your bite force, and normally they’re up for the job–that’s what they’re made for, after all. However, if you have a cavity, wear, or erosion undermining one of your cusps you may very well bite down on it one day and the cusp will just break off. The good news is that when this happens it very rarely breaks into the pulp chamber in the middle of the tooth. The bad news is that this will usually require a dental crown to repair. Cracked Tooth A cracked tooth is when ...


7 Surprising Reasons to Visit the Dentist (Besides Your Teeth!)

Many dentists can take care of more than your dental needs

It’s true that your dentist only works in your mouth, but that doesn’t mean that their impact is limited to healthy teeth and gums. Far from it. The impact of getting regular quality dental care extends through your body, and there are many health conditions your dentist can help with that you probably never suspected were related to your teeth and gums. Headaches (Including Migraines) Headaches are a common symptom and can be related to many different causes, but many people who can’t get good results with headache treatment can blame their headaches on temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ or TMD). TMJ can cause headaches because it causes the buildup of muscle tension in the head and neck, which can lead to tension headaches or it can put pressure on the trigeminal nerve, triggering mig ...


Understanding the Dental X-Rays Your Dentist Uses

Close up of a dental xray

Dental x-rays are an important part of your routine checkups. We use dental x-rays to look for problems with your teeth, gums, and jawbone that aren’t visible to the naked eye, and each type of x-ray has its specific purpose. Which ones we use for you depends on the reason for your visit, your oral health concerns, and the procedures we’re considering. Bitewing X-Rays Bitewing x-rays are the most common type of x-ray we use, the one you’re most likely to get at a regular checkup. It’s called a bitewing because you bite down on the sensor to hold it in place. Bite wing x-rays are good for imaging the crowns of your teeth, the part that’s visible. It allows us to see what’s going on inside the tooth in case there is any decay in the tooth surfaces that we can’t see. It also shows all your fi ...


The People Who Love Coming to the Dentist

Happy patient getting teeth cleaned

It’s a cliche that people hate going to the dentist. Like most cliches, this one has a grain of truth, but not everyone feels the same way about going to the dentist. In fact, there are some people who really love their dental visits and look forward to them all the time. And we’re not talking about people who enjoy sedation dentistry, we’re talking about people who just have a really positive experience at the dentist. What’s their secret, you may ask–it’s not just one thing: there are many ways people come to have a good experience at the dentist. Positive Childhood Memories Being packed off to the dentist together may not seem like the sort of thing you would look back at fondly from your childhood, but it happens. Some families, especially those with lower incomes, may not have m ...


Looking for Quick, Clear Braces? Realine May Be Right for You

Woman with a gorgeous smile

If you are unhappy with crooked teeth, you have probably been wanting to straighten them for a long time. So what’s been keeping you? Is it the thought of having metal wires and brackets of traditional braces in your mouth? The unsightliness and discomfort is definitely a turnoff. Or maybe it’s just the amount of time you’d have to wear them for. A year or more is not uncommon. But what if there were an option that could solve both these problems at once? Clear braces that work fast so that in as little as 10 weeks, you could have straight teeth. That’s Realine, a great new solution for straightening crooked teeth. The Benefits of Realine Realine is a great new approach to straightening your teeth. Clear braces are beneficial first and foremost because, yeah, they’re clear. They are a lot ...