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Restorative Dentistry

What Happens if I Don’t Repair a Crack in My Tooth?

A cracked or fractured tooth may or may not need treatment, depending on the severity of the damage. A tooth generally consists of several layers, including the outer enamel, the inner core of the tooth (dentin), and the soft dental pulp. A fracture can penetrate any or all of these layers, and the most appropriate treatment for your needs will be based on whether the crack affects your appearance, your […]

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San Diego Multispecialty Dentists Perform Full Mouth Reconstruction Completely In-House

La Jolla Dentists Offer One-Stop Shop to Reconstruct Smile

Scripps Center for Dental Care is one of few offices in San Diego with a team of dental specialists, allowing a “one-stop shop” for every stage of treatment. La Jolla, CA — As patients grow older and progress through the different stages of their lives, there are many factors that can affect their smile, dental health, and bite. Bacteria buildup, tooth loss, gum recession, and tooth discoloration are all common […]

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What Causes Tooth Loss in Adults?

Tooth loss is not uncommon in adult patients and there are many reasons why missing teeth may become more prevalent as individuals grow older. Aside from the natural effects of aging, the following factors may contribute to tooth loss in adults: Poor oral hygiene habits: Inconsistent or inadequate dental hygiene can exacerbate bacteria buildup in the teeth and gums, which can progress to severe periodontal (gum disease). When left untreated, […]

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How to Prevent Bone Loss After a Tooth Extraction

If your tooth is badly damaged, weakened, or infected, extracting the “problem” tooth may be the best course of action to cleanse the mouth of disease and alleviate your painful symptoms. Unfortunately, leaving empty spaces in your smile can have negative effects on your oral health, often causing concerns like the shifting of surrounding teeth and jawbone recession. Bone loss, in particular, is a debilitating side effect of living with […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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Multispecialty Dental Team in La Jolla Offers One-Stop Shop for Smile Reconstruction

La Jolla Dental Team Performs In-House 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 […]

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Does Wearing Dentures Affect Nutrition?

Dentures are sets of artificial teeth designed to replace the entirety of the upper and/or lower dental arches. These prostheses have been utilized for decades and are often considered a go-to technique to resolve the dental needs of seniors and adults with widespread tooth loss. While removable dentures can indeed restore a patient’s smile and ability to bite, recent studies have indicated that the limitations presented by these restorations may […]

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Consequences of Tooth Loss

Tooth loss can occur for any number of reasons, whether your teeth were avulsed (knocked out) in an accident or extracted due to severe decay. Regardless of the cause, missing teeth can negatively affect your wellness in multiple ways, including: Physiological: With empty spaces in your dental arches, surrounding teeth can loosen and shift, resulting in changes to your bite. This can compromise proper jaw alignment and potentially warrant treatment […]

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