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By Curt P. Posey, DDS, Inc.
October 21, 2021
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry

A confident smile can be yours with the help of cosmetic dentistry.

Desiring a more attractive smile, whether that means a whiter or straighter smile, isn’t anything new. For centuries, people have been focused on ways to enhance and improve their smiles to make them feel and look their best. If you are ready to say goodbye to certain dental imperfections with the help of cosmetic dentistry, our Fresno, CA, dentist Dr. Curt Posey has you covered.

What is cosmetic dentistry?

Cosmetic dentistry is a special field of dentistry that focuses on improving the overall esthetics of a person’s smile. The cosmetic dentistry services we offer here in Fresno, CA, can be tailored to your needs. After all, we know that no two smiles are ever the same, so we can easily adjust and alter your treatment to meet your cosmetic goals. Cosmetic dentistry can be an ideal treatment regardless of whether you’re dealing with minor flaws or more widespread issues. We treat it all!

What types of cosmetic dentistry are available?

We want our patients to have choices when it comes to the types of cosmetic dentistry services we offer here in Fresno, CA. We can treat most cosmetic issues with the help of these most popular cosmetic treatments,

● Teeth whitening: Dr. Posey can help you get your smile several shades whiter in one hour or less
● Dental bonding: Tooth-colored resin is bonded to areas of a tooth to cover small chips, cracks, discolorations and gaps between teeth
● Tooth and gum reshaping: Tissue or enamel is removed to reshape excess gum tissue and improve uneven gum lines, as well as improve the shape and size of oddly shaped or extremely pointy teeth
● Dental veneers: These thin porcelain shells cover the front of your teeth to hide most imperfections, helping you achieve a whiter, straighter and more symmetrical smile as a whole

Who is a good candidate for cosmetic dentistry?

Most healthy individuals who maintain good oral health are ideal candidates for cosmetic dentistry. If your smile is strong and healthy but has imperfections such as crookedness, gaps between teeth, discolorations and chips and cracks, then our dental team is here to help. Before getting cosmetic dentistry, we will need to take x-rays of your smile, as well as perform a thorough examination of your mouth to check for decay or gum disease. We want to make sure there are no oral diseases present before beginning treatment.

If you want to sit down with our Fresno, CA, family dentist Dr. Posey to discuss your cosmetic dentistry needs, then simply call us at (559) 227-6755 to schedule your initial consultation. It’s never too late to get the smile you want.

By Curt P. Posey, DDS, Inc.
October 12, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Dry Mouth  

Your dentist in Fresno, CA, can help with dry mouth.

Your saliva performs an important function. It acts as a buffer to protect your teeth from strong digestive acids. When you have a dry mouth, it means you don’t produce enough saliva to protect your teeth. A dry mouth also means your teeth and your smile can suffer.

The good news is, your dentist can help if you have a dry mouth. Dr. Curt Posey in Fresno, CA, provides a wide range of dental services, including treating dry mouth.

Many types of medications can cause dry mouth. You are at risk if you take:

  • Antidepressants
  • Antihistamines
  • Decongestants
  • Muscle relaxants
  • Appetite suppressants
  • Diuretics

Dry mouth can also be caused by:

  • Normal aging
  • Radiation to the area of your salivary glands
  • Cancer in the area of your salivary glands
  • Medical conditions involving your salivary glands

A dry mouth can lead to quite a few problems involving the health of your smile. Consider that dry mouth can cause:

  • Increased risk of tooth decay, leading to a need for fillings or crowns
  • Soft tissue irritation involving your gums, tongue, and cheeks
  • Increased risk of gum disease and periodontal disease
  • Digestive problems, because saliva helps break down your food

When you have a dry mouth, it’s important to practice an excellent program of oral hygiene to keep harmful bacteria levels low. Remember to:

  • Brush your teeth after you eat and before you go to sleep
  • Use a toothpaste containing fluoride to protect against tooth decay
  • Floss at least once each day

There are also over-the-counter products available, created specifically for dry mouth to help produce more saliva. Your dentist can also supply custom-fit fluoride trays, so you can give yourself fluoride treatments at home. Fluoride works to harden enamel and prevent tooth decay. Fluoride is a very effective way to protect your teeth against the effects of dry mouth.

Your smile doesn’t have to suffer if you have a dry mouth. To learn more about how to prevent dry mouth, talk with an expert. Call your dentist, Dr. Curt Posey in Fresno, CA, at (559) 227-6755 now and protect your smile!

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Fresno, CA 93720
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