Archive for November, 2012

3 Cosmetic Dentistry Myths Debunked

Cosmetic dentistry can offer many improvements to your smile beyond the visual. It is a common misconception that cosmetic dentistry does not provide any benefits to the health of smiles, but a number of cosmetic procedures are designed to improve the function of the teeth and gums while also making them look better. Here are some of the most widespread myths about cosmetic dentistry that may be holding you back from seeing your most beautiful smile.

Cosmetic procedures aren’t worth the investment for older patients

As you age, your smile continues to change, and existing issues such as misalignment of the bite or yellowing teeth will only get worse. Cosmetic dentistry can help to improve your oral hygiene as you age and give you a younger overall look—and at a cost much lower than that of other cosmetic procedures such as facelifts.

Tooth whitening harms tooth enamel

Tooth whitening is the most minimally invasive cosmetic dentistry procedure, and some whitening procedures are able to offer amazing results in less than an hour. These procedures are completely safe and do no harm to tooth enamel. However, if you whiten your teeth too often, damage can occur from over-bleaching. Therefore, it is important that you consult a dentist before deciding to have your teeth whitened.

Any dentist can perform cosmetic procedures

There are plenty of dentists who can provide cosmetic dentistry services, but not all dentists are qualified to perform more advanced cosmetic procedures such as dental implants and veneers. You should seek a dentist with the training and expertise to offer consistently beautiful results with cosmetic procedures. Cosmetic treatments are an investment; it’s only natural that you want to receive the best treatment available.

For complete cosmetic dentistry services in Tucson, schedule a consultation with Dr. John Carson, DDS. Contact our office at (520) 514-7203 to explore the procedures we offer, including gum contouring, adult orthodontics, and dental implants. If you have any additional questions about our services, visit us on the Web.

A Look at TMD

When you are suffering from facial pain or headaches, you may not think to turn to the dentist for diagnosis and treatment. However, these issues are commonly attributed to dysfunction in the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), which is treatable with the right kind of dental care. Below are some of the details about TMJ dysfunction (TMD) to help you understand its effect on oral health.

Causes

There are many different conditions that could lead to TMD, as the TMJ is a complex and intricate structure. Arthritis, injury, disk displacement, and bruxism are all possible causes for TMD, so it is important to discuss your health and habits with your dentist thoroughly when you are talking about your symptoms.

Signs

Your TMD symptoms will be a good indicator of the specific issues in the joint and the causes for them. You might have isolated pain in the face, head, or upper body along with trouble opening your mouth fully, difficulty biting, and popping noises in the joint. Keeping a diary of symptoms of this nature will be helpful for your dentist to more accurately pinpoint the problem.

Treatments

Treatment for TMD is an ongoing and involved process that may include splint therapy to stabilize the joint, medication to relieve pain, and exercises to improve overall joint function and relieve stress from the area. Your dentist will help you develop a comprehensive treatment plan so that you can live comfortably and free of pain caused by TMD.

At the office of John Carson, DDS, we are committed to providing the custom and complete care needed to relieve TMD and other complex dental issues that could be disrupting your life. Make an appointment to discover the difference that our specialized care can make by contacting our Tucson office online or at (520) 514-7203.

For More About Dental Implants and TMJ, Visit These Sites

Our recent blogs have discussed some of the more complex and intricate oral care procedures to improve your smile and help you live in greater comfort. View more information related to these issues at the recommended links below and get a personalized look at your dental health with Dr. John Carson, DDS. Schedule your initial consultation in our Tucson dental office on our website or call (520) 514-7203.

Your Smile: Winter 2012

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Taking Time to Care for Your Smile

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Taking Time to Care for Your Smile

Dental health needs vary at every age, and good habits in early adulthood can reduce the need for intensive restorative care as your smile ages.

In this video from the American Dental Association, you will hear some helpful reminders for maintaining good oral health even with a busy schedule. Your teeth and gums are an integral part of your overall health, so it is never worth it to skip on proper dental care when your schedule gets more hectic.

At the office of Dr. John Carson, DDS, we make it easier to get the dental care you need with investment in technology like CEREC for single day tooth restorations. Learn more about our high-tech services and personalized care on our website or by calling (520) 514-7203.

Are You a Candidate for Dental Implants?

Dental implants have become the new standard treatment for missing tooth replacement because they offer the most permanent restoration of the tooth structure without sacrificing the integrity of the remaining natural teeth and underlying bone. While dental implants are highly effective and aesthetically pleasing, they are not for all cases of tooth loss. Here is a look at the signs that dental implants will be successful in your situation:

There is minimal bone resorption.

X-rays will need to be taken when you are considering dental implants, as there needs to be sufficient bone remaining in the jaw to affix the implant base. One of the greatest advantages of dental implants is that they preserve bone structure beneath the gum line, but they cannot be implanted if extensive bone resorption has taken place.

You have healthy gums.

If your gum tissue has receded due to advanced gum disease, you may not be able to get dental implants immediately. Periodontal treatment might be necessary before the implant surgery can take place. This will also benefit the teeth surrounding the spot of a missing tooth, as these are more susceptible to decay and damage from gum disease.

You require multiple tooth replacement.

Dental implants are not just a great option for single tooth replacement; they can be a long-lasting and convenient alternative to dentures in cases where multiple teeth need replacement. Partial and complete arch implant systems are available, so you can get the smile you want even if you have had extensive tooth loss.

For more information about dental implants and a consultation to discuss your candidacy further, contact the office of Dr. John Carson, DDS in Tucson. You can reach us on our website or by calling (520) 514-7203. With superior dental technologies and personalized care for every patient, we can help you get the smile of your dreams.