If you have ever dealt with dental sensitivity, then you know how annoying, and frankly, disruptive, this issue can be. Sensitivity can make it difficult for patients to eat, drink, and, sometimes, even speak comfortably.

There are actually a number of things that can cause dental sensitivity, and, today, our San Francisco dentists are going to be reviewing a few of the most common culprits. Keep reading to learn more!

Bruxism: if you’re prone to grinding or clenching your teeth, you may be wearing down your dental enamel over time. As your enamel becomes thinner, the sensitive inner core of your tooth is left too exposed and vulnerable. Patients who suffer from bruxism should seek treatment from their dental team; there are solutions available to help protect your teeth. Keep in mind that bruxism can manifest at night, while the patient is asleep.

Acid erosion: enamel may also become compromised due to repeated exposure to acidic foods and drinks. Common things like citrus fruits, sodas, red wine, and coffee are all quite acidic. It is best to limit your consumption of acidic substances, to refrain from brushing your teeth for at least 20 to 30 minutes after you consume them, as your enamel is weaker during this period of time.

Gum tissue damage: in a healthy smile, a patient’s gum tissue protects the dental roots, which contain very sensitive nerves. When, however, a patient is battling chronic gum disease, the gum tissue can actually start to pull away from the teeth. If you notice symptoms of gum disease—bleeding gums, chronic bad breath, swollen gum tissue—you want to reach out to your dentist for treatment.

Our San Francisco dentists offer treatments to help minimize your risk of developing dental sensitivity, as well as treatments to improve current discomfort. Please feel free to reach out to our dental team to learn more!

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When considering whether or not to visit a cosmetic dentist or an orthodontist, many patients consider aesthetics to be the primary concern. People typically are not happy with what crooked teeth can do to the way a smile looks, but there actually are a handful of surprising negative health effects associated with crooked teeth, as well. Braces and Invisalign could help patients avoid some of these effects and improve a smile, and Dr. Robert M. Walley can help with that.

If you have been considering corrective implements or even veneers to fix your crooked teeth, these surprising health-related impacts of deciding against them could prove regretful:

Tooth Decay

One of the most obvious issues with crooked teeth is that they make it more difficult to brush and floss correctly. Teeth that overlap each other make it impossible to get a brush on them, and it may be equally impossible to get a string of floss between them to remove food and clean between the gums. As in any instance where proper brushing and flossing are ignored, this can lead to tooth decay. Even if you are brushing twice per day, as recommended by your dentist, it may not be enough if your teeth are too crooked to get truly clean.

Tooth Damage

Furthermore, these misaligned teeth can hit each other at odd angles when you chew, meaning there are unnatural pressure points in your smile that, over time, could lead to wear on your teeth that can manifest itself in cracks or chips. Once damaged, teeth can allow in more bacteria, which leads to quicker decay, and should a chip transform into a crack, you could be prone to serious infection that may ultimately require a root canal. The type of minor tooth damage caused by crooked smiles can someday lead to much bigger problems.

Bad Breath

If food is getting stuck in between teeth and is unable to be picked out with floss and brushing, it won’t come as a big surprise that some unfortunate smells may emanate from your mouth. Having a nice smile is every bit as important as having pleasant breath, and crooked teeth are impediments to both.

TMJ Disorder

Patients with misaligned teeth may be chewing their food in odd ways without really knowing it simply because they have to move their jaw oddly to chomp down. Over time, though, a crooked bite and excessive wear can lead to pain in your jaw, cheeks, or face, often leading to chronic headaches and all sorts of other health issues. Getting your teeth lined up should also line up your jaw, helping you to avoid any long-term TMJ problems.

If you have any questions about these services or want Dr. Walley to have a closer look at your own crooked teeth to see what can be done, contact our office and set up an appointment at your earliest convenience. We can help you fix that smile and avoid all these potentially negative impacts of ignoring crooked teeth for too long.

 

Ready to take your smile to the next level? Our San Francisco cosmetic dentists can help!

Our office is equipped with a number of aesthetic dentistry options, so that we can meet a wide range of dental needs. Today, we’re giving you a quick run-down of the treatments we use. We hope that this information helps you think about how cosmetic dentistry can fit into your life!                   

Professional dental whitening: this is one of the quickest and most affordable cosmetic treatments available today. Using a topical whitening agent, our team minimizes existing stains, so that we can return the dental enamel to its previous color/level of whiteness. A couple of things to know about professional whitening: this treatment is completely non-invasive, and it can be repeated over time in order to intensify results.

Dental bonding: bonding uses one of the most versatile materials in dentistry—composite resin—to improve the appearance and/or structure of a patient’s tooth. With bonding, we can cover unsightly stains, correct dental damage, make a patient’s smile appear straighter, and even lengthen or widen poorly shaped teeth. One major benefit of this treatment is that it can be completed in just one appointment.

Porcelain veneers: veneers are another option when it comes to covering natural teeth. These thin porcelain restorations are only as a thick as a contact lens, but, once in place, they have a major impact. Veneers are individually crafted and perfected before they are permanently attached to the natural tooth.

Invisalign: this treatment is designed to move a patient’s natural teeth into better alignment. The thing that sets Invisalign apart is that it uses clear plastic aligners, rather than metal brackets and wires, to shift the patient’s natural smile.

If you want to learn more about any of the treatments offered by our San Francisco cosmetic dentists, please feel free to reach out to us by phone, or through our Contact Us page. We look forward to speaking with you!

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