In many ways, your gum tissue is truly the foundation of your smile. If these tissues become damaged or infected, you may experience a host of additional oral health problems down the road.

Today our San Francisco gum disease dentists are sharing some simple and straightforward tips that you can put into practice to protect your smile. Let’s get started!

Drink more water

Try keeping a water bottle on hand so that you can track your water consumption throughout the day. When you are drinking plenty of water, your body is able to produce sufficient saliva to help re-mineralize your teeth. You can also start rinsing your mouth with water after eating or drinking something other than H20.

Floss regularly

The American Dental Association recommends that patients floss once a day. If you have phased flossing out of your daily routine, now is the time to start again! Our dental team also encourages you to use floss whenever you need to dislodge food particles or plaque from your smile. Floss is much less likely than metal or wooden toothpicks to cause gum or tooth damage.

Incorporate a mouth rinse

There are mouthwashes on the market to meet any dental need. Whether you want to kill oral bacteria, freshen your breath, or clear away plaque, mouth rinse can help you achieve your goals. Talk to your dental team about what type of formulation may be right for your smile. Mouth rinse can help you clear bacteria from those hard-to-reach spaces in your smile.

By perfecting your oral hygiene routine, you will help your body heal and repair your gum tissue. If your gums are already damaged, you may benefit from gum tissue grafts, which build-up and repair diminished tissue.

To learn more about gum disease in general, and to schedule a consultation with our San Francisco dentists, give our office a call!

Tooth loss can occur for any number of reasons—ranging from infection to sporting accidents to poorly aligned bite surfaces. Once you lose a tooth, or multiple teeth, you want to seek treatment as soon as possible. There are obviously aesthetic issues to address, but, perhaps more importantly, untreated tooth loss can put you at risk for further dental damage or infection in the future.

So, what kinds of options do our San Francisco dentists offer when it comes to restoring your smile?

Bridges

This traditional tooth replacement option is designed to sit on top of the gum tissue. The bridge stays in place because it is attached to neighboring teeth. Bridges are used to replace single teeth as well as consecutive missing teeth.

Dentures

Dentures are large dental prostheses that can replace a full complement of upper or lower the teeth. The base of the denture is designed to look like gum tissue, and is molded to fit the patient’s jaw and gums. Denture adhesive can be used for extra stability.

Individual Dental Implants

Dental implant technology allows our dental team to replace the tooth root as well as the visible restoration. An individual dental implant is built of a titanium screw that extends into the jaw tissue, a connector piece called an “abutment,” and a porcelain dental restoration that is shaped, sized, and shaded to suit the patient. Dental implants stay in place permanently and are designed to last for decades.

Expanded Dental Implant Technology

Thanks to advancements in dental implant technology, our team can now use mini titanium roots to anchor larger prostheses, like dentures, into place. This technique allows you to replace consecutive teeth with just one treatment, while still reaping the benefits of permanent titanium stabilizers. This type of treatment can also be beneficial for people with diminished bone tissue.

Learn more by scheduling a consultation with our San Francisco dental implant dentists

It is so common for patients to be unhappy with the states of their smiles, especially as they age. The good news is that there are a number of treatment options available to you if you are ready for a smile overhaul.

Below, our San Francisco cosmetic dentists discuss 3 different cosmetic problems that we take on, and how we do it. Let’s get started!

Uneven, crooked, or crowded teeth

A poorly aligned smile looks cluttered, and can be difficult to keep clean compared to straight smiles. Treating these issues with orthodontic treatment, like Invisalign, allows our team to move your existing teeth into better respective positions. This also allows us to perfect any bite issues you may be dealing with.

There are, however, ways to improve the appearance of dental alignment without actually moving your teeth. Dental bonding and veneers, for example are used to build out specific teeth and make the smile look more seamless.

Discolored enamel

When it comes to lightening discoloration, we can once again choose to either attack the core issue, or cover staining with a fresh and clean dental material. Professional dental whitening is a topical treatment that lifts discoloration, and restores the tooth to its natural color. Alternatively, composite bonding and veneers cover dark or dull teeth and make the entire smile appear fresh, young, and clean.

Cracked or chipped enamel

It is critical to address dental damage in a timely manner, so that cracks, chips, and cavities do not become more severe. Our dental team will remove any diseased or damaged tissue, before restoring the tooth. Custom dental crowns, veneers, and dental bonding can all be transformative when it comes to rebuilding smiles.

No matter what your smile looks like today, our San Francisco dentists are here to help you love your smile well into the future. Give our team a call to get started! 

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