Can I Update My Metal Fillings?
Cavities and tooth decay are very common dental concerns for patients of all ages. Fortunately, these issues are easily addressed with preventive dentistry treatments like fillings, crowns, inlays, and onlays — restorations that protect a vulnerable tooth against further damage. If you had a cavity as a child or in the distant past, it’s possible that you received metal amalgam fillings or crowns to help reinforce the affected tooth. Metal […]
Healthy Habits That Damage Teeth
We all know an unhealthy diet combined with poor oral hygiene can certainly deteriorate your smile over time; however, certain lifestyle habits perceived to uplift your health have also been known to cause damage to your teeth in surprising ways. These actions may include: Drinking lemon water throughout the day: Drinking water infused with lemons, limes, or oranges can be refreshing, but it’s generally best to consume fruit-infused beverages all […]
San Diego Dentists Place Dental Implants Completely In-House
Men and women struggling with lost or missing teeth have a “one-stop” shop for tooth replacement at Scripps Center for Dental Care, a La Jolla-based practice composed of in-house dental specialists from every field of dentistry. San Diego, CA — Living with missing teeth can be debilitating, not only from a cosmetic perspective but also due to the functional issues that arise as a result of absent spaces within the […]
Can Porcelain Veneers Stain?
Porcelain veneers are well-known for their ability to enhance the beauty and symmetry of your smile. Since one of the main benefits of veneers include their ability to conceal deep staining and discoloration that teeth whitening cannot reach, many individuals wonder whether these restorations also have the ability to resist staining. Fortunately, porcelain veneers are generally impervious to staining agents such as coffee, tea, wine, and other dark food/drinks. In […]
Are Mail-Order Braces Safe?
With the broad range of orthodontic systems available on the market, patients now have more options than ever when it comes to straightening crooked or crowded teeth. In recent years, mail-order braces have gained popularity as a potential alternative to treatment with conventional braces overseen by an orthodontist. These “DIY braces” are directly shipped to individuals in the mail, canceling the need for dental appointments as well as management of […]
What Can All-on-4® Do For My Smile?
It’s not uncommon for individuals who have dentures to feel self-conscious about their smile, especially if their dentures often slip in and out of place. This lack of security is one of the primary reasons why patients seek out implant dentures — an upgrade to traditional removable dentures that doesn’t require messy pastes and adhesives. Rather than being attached to the gums with paste, implant dentures are permanently affixed to […]
How Do I Get a Better Fit for My Dentures?
Living with missing teeth can be debilitating for many reasons, ranging from a loss of biting function to an impaired smile. Dentures have served as an effective way to replace an entire row of lost teeth for many decades, but they’re not a perfect solution for some patients. In addition to gum slippage and irritation caused by these restorations, dentures may also prevent you from eating your favorite foods. Plus, […]
How to Repair Widespread Tooth Damage
As unpredictable life events unfold, we understand that there are many reasons why individuals may experience widespread damage to the teeth and mouth. Extensive dental issues may result from financial reasons, dental anxiety, an oral injury, or unavoidable life circumstances that result in a lack of regular care. In general, those who contend with numerous dental issues may struggle with some combination of: Missing or crooked teeth A painful or […]
Multispecialty Dental Team in La Jolla Offers One-Stop Shop for Smile Reconstruction
The interdisciplinary team at Scripps Center for Dental Care, a leading practice in Southern California, is composed of specialists from every field of dentistry, providing San Diego patients with one all-encompassing location for cosmetic, restorative, preventive, and surgical dental services. La Jolla, CA — While some patients’ dental needs may only be limited to routine check-ups and semi-annual cleanings, most people require services that go beyond the capabilities of preventative […]
How to Treat Recessed Gums
Gum recession refers to when the pink, soft tissue at the base of the teeth begins to retreat, potentially exposing the tooth roots to damage. This condition can develop at any age, although receding tissue is especially prevalent among patients over the age of 65. While some gum loss over time may not sound like an urgent concern, gum recession can lead to painful and serious symptoms, including the shifting […]