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Your Encinitas Dentist Explains Cosmetic Dentistry and Veneers


Cosmetic Dentistry gives you a more youthful look and a smile that radiates health and confidence.  A trusted, experienced cosmetic dentist is able to give you strong, lasting teeth veneers with little time and discomfort for you.  To find a convenient, healthy solution for your cosmetic dentistry needs, first we answer your questions about tooth veneers, cosmetic teeth covers and the process of cosmetic dental work.

As a dentist in Encinitas, we often hear questions about cosmetic dentistry and we want to make sure that our patients are well informed.  These are some of the most common cosmetic dentistry questions we receive.  We are happy to answer more of your cosmetic dental questions, any time.

How Can I Hide Stains, Cracks or Chipped Teeth?

One of the great things about tooth veneers is that they are able to hide teeth stain and mask cracks in your teeth.  With the help of cosmetic teeth covers, we are able to fix chipped teeth and create a smoother, healthier smile.  Many of our patients tell us that prior to coming to see us for cosmetic dentistry, they felt inhibited by the stains, cracks or other imperfections in their smiles.  With the help of our cosmetic dentists, those problems are resolved. Continue reading “Your Encinitas Dentist Explains Cosmetic Dentistry and Veneers” »

Your Encinitas Dentist Answers: Could it be TMJ?

TMJ can be the cause of a variety of painful symptoms that leave patients looking for relief.  In fact, like many of the patients in our Encinitas dentist office, you may be surprised to learn that the persistent headaches and neck pain you are experiencing can actually be the result of a dental condition called Temporal Mandible Disorder, or TMJ dysfunction.

What are the symptoms of TMJ?

TMJ, which stands for Temporal Mandible Disorder, is characterized by a clicking or “popping” of your jaw joints.  TMJ has a number of uncomfortable or painful symptoms that affect more than just your mouth.  If you suffer from TMJ, you are likely to experience frequent headaches.  TMJ sufferers also experience muscle tension and discomfort in their jaws and in their necks, particularly when they wake up in the morning. Continue reading “Your Encinitas Dentist Answers: Could it be TMJ?” »

Say Goodbye to Loose Fitting Dentures and Hello to Teeth that Feel Natural – All in a Day!

Patients at our Encinitas dentist office often come in concerned that their dentures do not fit securely.  Some of our patients who wear dentures are concerned that their dentures are loose fitting, making them feel less confident and leaving them unable to enjoy some of their favorite foods and at risk of health complications.

There is a Better Way – Implant Supported Dentures Give You a Secure, Comfortable Fit

Dental implants, which look and feel like your own teeth, are the perfect solution for patients who want the confidence and freedom of teeth that feel natural and comfortable.  Continue reading “Say Goodbye to Loose Fitting Dentures and Hello to Teeth that Feel Natural – All in a Day!” »

Am I Allergic to the Crowns in My Mouth?

Over 30% of the population is allergic to metals, primarily nickel.  Nickel is a metal found commonly in dental fillings and crowns.  Metal allergies typically manifest as a skin rash, or contact dermatitis, and occur more frequently in women than in men.  

Metals have been used in crowns and fillings for years, the conventional wisdom being that amalgam fillings are more durable, or last longer than other materials would.  This means that, if you have crowns, there is metal in your mouth.  In addition to nickel, a known allergen, metals in crowns include platinum, palladium, cobalt and beryllium.  Allergies to cobalt, or even cobalt and nickel cross-reactions, have been known to cause uncomfortable skin reactions. Continue reading “Am I Allergic to the Crowns in My Mouth?” »