The abundance of breath mints and breath-taming chewing gums for sale in the average supermarket checkout line testify to the prevalence of bad breath in our society. But if you suffer from chronically bad breath, it can even start affecting your relationships.
Most U.S. adults will develop some form of gum disease at some point in their life, and one of the earliest signs that gum disease may soon appear is a receding gum line. In years past, the only way to correct a receding gum line was through gum graft surgery, which is still the best solution in certain cases. But today, periodontics has been blessed with a new, minimally invasive procedure called the pinhole surgical graft technique.
You may be suffering negative impacts to your oral health due to bruxism, the technical dental term for chronic, habitual teeth grinding. You may not even be aware that you are grinding your teeth, but there are signs that can indicate you are doing so during sleep.
Perhaps, you have heard the term "crown lengthening" but still aren't quite sure what exactly it is, how it is performed, or whether it is right for you. If so, read on to find out the basics about the dental procedure called crown lengthening.
The DOCS (Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation) tells us that some 30% of Americans skip out on going to the dentist due to a condition known as "dental phobia," where your fear of experiencing pain in the dental chair takes priority over your oral health.