15May

When it comes to visiting your San Francisco dentist, there are the routine reasons, which include things like dental cleanings every six months and perhaps the occasional filling or crown, but there are also cosmetic reasons to visit a dentist like Dr. Robert M. Walley. The first time anyone comes into contact with you, they are almost certain to notice your smile, but if your smile is lacking in any way, cosmetic dentistry exists to help it sparkle like it should.

If you feel like you're in need of a smile makeover, Dr. Walley can provide you with any of the following four options to help correct whatever problems you may feel like you have.

#1 Teeth Whitening

There are a number of reasons that teeth can become stained, ranging from the consumption of stain-causing beverages like coffee and cola, to a lifetime of smoking, to less common things like medication side effects. Whatever the reason, discolored teeth aren’t something you have to live with, as there are safe, painless whitening procedures that can remove staining and make every tooth gleam and glisten exactly like it’s supposed to.

#2 Invisalign

Literally millions of people in the United States have invested in orthodontic care at some point in their lives because they didn’t want to live with teeth that either could not comfortably chew or that looked so crooked as to lose some of their aesthetic appeal. Invisalign is a fast, low-maintenance way to correct some of those issues, and it doesn’t fill your mouth with metal like typical braces do.

#3 Veneers

Built from porcelain or composite resin, dental veneers are basically thin shells bonded to the front of teeth to change their shape, length, size, or color. It is easy to understand why these would be desirable to certain patients with chipped, damaged, discolored, or oddly-sized teeth, and the good news is that they aren’t an invasive procedure. They can be done in just one or two visits and don’t require any special care once they have been put into place.

#4 Dental Implants

In rare cases, patients require complete dental reconstruction. This occurs when patients have seriously damaged teeth or even teeth that have fallen out completely, leaving gaps in their smile. When this happens, it can be easy to feel a lack of self-confidence in the way your smile presents itself, but thanks to dental implants, which look and feel exactly like real teeth, there is no gap or damage that Dr. Walley can’t fix. If you want your smile back to normal, sometimes full smile construction and dental implants are the answer you’ve been looking for.

Your Local San Francisco Cosmetic Dentist

If you have any questions about any of these procedures, never hesitate to reach out to your friendly neighborhood cosmetic dentist so we can start making plans for getting your smile back in order. Teeth can and should be beautiful, so if you’d like to talk about how Dr. Walley can make that happen more easily for you, there’s no time like the present to get that going.

 

When you’re faced with dental damage, you want to seek treatment as soon as possible. Generally speaking, treating dental issues is easier, more comfortable, more convenient, and less expensive the earlier it is completed.

Today, our San Francisco dentists are here with some information that will help you spot dental irregularities before they become severe. Keep reading to learn more!

Perhaps the easiest changes to notice are those visible changes to your smile:

  • Dark spots on your dental enamel (some types of discoloration are purely cosmetic, while others occur because bacteria have infiltrated the tooth)
  • Especially red or swollen gum tissue
  • Frequent blood when you brush or floss your teeth (this can indicate gum disease that is worsening into periodontal disease)
  • Cracks or chips in the dental enamel

Additionally, you may find that your mouth feels different than usual:

  • Your teeth may feel rough or grimy, rather than smooth, when you run your tongue over your dental enamel (this rough coating occurs due to bacterial plaque and tartar building up on the natural tooth structure)
  • You might find that your breath is stale or malodorous; this occurs due to a proliferation of oral bacteria in the mouth
  • If you experience increased sensitivity, either on a tooth or around your gum tissue, this may indicate an ongoing infection. Please do not ignore this type of discomfort, or over-medicate it with numbing agents; over time the damage will compound.

Staying aware of any changes to your smile, and your mouth in general, will help you take control of your dental health and make strong decisions for your oral health. Our San Francisco dentists can give you additional information and guidance; please feel free to give us a call, or use the Contact Us page on our website to reach out to our team.

There’s no question that certain foods are worse for your teeth than others. Delicious treats like soda and citrus and even bread can damage your teeth over time, but none of those are likely to cause immediate, painful damage that would qualify as a dental emergency. Dr. Robert Walley and his staff treat people with chipped or cracked teeth all the time, and these emergency appointments often occur as a result of some food that unleashed unexpected mayhem.

Obviously, bread and soda and oranges aren’t the type of thing causing that immediate damage, but which foods create the biggest risk for dental emergencies? We have compiled a list of the most common culprits, not necessarily to steer clear of them, but to consume them carefully to hopefully avoid having to visit your emergency dentist in the first place.

#1 Hard Candy

Anybody who ever had braces knows that hard candies are off-limits because of the damage they can do to brackets, but they’re just as bad for your teeth. Yes, the sugar is bad for you long-term, but crunching down onto one of these sweets can chip or crack a tooth. Suck on these candies, and don’t crunch into them until absolutely necessary.

#2 Caramel

While caramel is anything but “hard,” it’s a candy that can cause some problems, too. The soft, chewy morsels seem harmless, but the candies can wedge themselves between your teeth and loosen any dental work or restorations you’ve had done. They’re probably not going to pull out a natural tooth, but pulling loose a crown can be just as painful and problematic.

#3 Popcorn

America’s favorite movie treat can leave shards from the husks in between teeth or even underneath your gums, which could cause a painful abscess that requires emergency treatment. Worse, a kernel that didn’t pop all the way is hard enough to crack a tooth, so chew slowly while enjoying your film.

#4 Almonds

Nuts are a great source of healthy protein, but almonds are the hardest nuts of the batch. Believe it or not, they cause a lot of chips and cracks in teeth. Eating sliced almonds are softer and easier to chew than full almonds, so consider consuming the same snack, but in a different way.

#5 Ice Cubes

While ice cubes are not technically a “food,” some people love chomping down on them as a guilt-free way to keep their mouths busy rather than eating salty or sugary snacks. From a practical standpoint, chewing ice is not that different from chewing on rocks, which means it can crack and break the enamel of teeth, leading to a dental emergency.

If one of these foods cracks or damages your tooth, it is important to contact your San Francisco dentist immediately to get yourself in for any necessary repairs. Remember, the sooner you get into see your emergency dentist, the better chance there is you’ll be able to save the tooth. The aforementioned foods and treats are delicious, but eat with caution! If any problems do arise, call Dr. Robert M. Walley right away so he can fix whatever went wrong.

 

 

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