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Cracked Tooth Syndrome

Cracked Tooth Syndrome Symptoms Cracked tooth syndrome (CTS) is one of the leading causes of tooth loss. Also known as cracked cusp syndrome or split tooth syndrome, CTS happens when a tooth has a fracture, crack, split, or break that is too small to appear on X-rays or is under the gum line. Cracked tooth syndrome symptoms are varied and can be irregular—making cracked teeth challenging to diagnose. Sometimes, a fractured tooth may not even produce any symptoms. Unlike cavities or an abscess, the pain associated with a fractured tooth is not constant and is often unpredictable. Common signs of … Read more

Registered Dental Assistant in Extended Functions (RDAEFII)

What They Do and How They Benefit Our Valued Patients At Lakefront Family Dentistry, we believe in providing our patients with the best possible dental care. This includes investing in advanced technology—such as the CEREC System and Solea Laser—and providing our patients with a comfortable and luxurious dental experience. For example, the practice has invested in the most comfortable A-dec dental chairs on the market. Lakefront Family Dentistry also provides a variety of ways to help our patients who have dental anxiety. We provide conscious oral sedation and have beautiful therapy dogs (Nilla and Stella) for the comfort of our … Read more

Gummy Smile

What are Gummy Smiles? A gummy smile is when too much of the gumline shows when a person is smiling. The medical term for a gummy smile is “excessive gingival display.” The ideal smile shows approximately 2 millimeters (mm) of the gumline. A smile is considered a “gummy” when more than 3 to 4 mm of the gum is seen when smiling. Gummy smile before and after photos (such as the ones used throughout this article) demonstrate the dramatic difference after patients undergo gummy smile correction. Gummy smiles are more common in women than in men. Experts estimate that about … Read more

Dental Bone Graft

Bone Grafting and Dental Implants When a patient loses a tooth, dental implants are often used to help restore structure and appearance. Tooth loss can occur for a variety of reasons, including: Tooth decay Periodontal disease Injury Tooth extraction In some cases, a patient may need bone grafting before the dental implant can be placed. Although this is a common procedure, many patients are alarmed by the term “bone graft dental implant.” However, there is no reason to be nervous. The procedures for both dental bone grafts and dental implants are routine and painless dental procedures with proven results. What … Read more

White Cavity Filling

According to the American Dental Association (ADA), Americans receive an estimated 175 million fillings every year. On average, the typical American has three dental fillings, and approximately 25% of Americans have more than 10 fillings. In this article, we’ll discuss: What fillings are How fillings are placed in the mouth Options for fillings, including metal fillings and white cavity fillings Removing amalgam fillings Options for fillings on front teeth When crowns or veneers are needed rather than fillings. What Is Filling In Teeth? A filling is used to treat small holes (cavities) in the teeth. In the simplest terms, cavities … Read more

Deep Cleaning

What is a Deep Teeth Cleaning? Lakefront Family Dentistry’s registered dental hygienists are highly skilled and perform deep teeth cleanings with the patient’s comfort in mind. A deep teeth cleaning is a simple, non-surgical procedure that is usually performed without anesthesia. Deep cleaning removes harmful bacteria and hardened tartar deposits called calculus that build up on teeth below the gum line. These deposits release toxins that cause gum disease, which is also known as periodontitis. Deep teeth cleaning may be necessary when there is a larger number of bacteria and tartar buildup along and below the gumline. When “pockets” form … Read more

Periodontal Disease

What Is Periodontal Disease? Periodontal disease is known by a few names, including periodontitis and gum disease. Simply put, periodontal disease happens when a serious gum infection damages the soft tissue (gums) surrounding the teeth. Periodontal disease is quite common. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 47% of adults over the age of 30 have some form of gum disease. The odds of developing periodontitis increases with age. Approximately 70% of adults aged 65 or older have gum disease. Men are more likely to experience periodontal disease than women. The disease is also more prevalent … Read more

Sinus Tooth Pain

Allergies, colds, upper respiratory infections, and the flu can all result in sinus infections. Symptoms of a sinus infection include a stuffy/runny nose, discharge in the throat, cough, sore throat, fever, and feelings of heaviness behind the cheekbones. However, a lesser-known symptom of a sinus infection is a toothache. If you’re wondering “can a sinus infection cause tooth pain in teeth,” the answer is a resounding yes! However, it is important to understand why sinus infections cause toothaches, how to differentiate between a sinus toothache and a regular toothache, and when to see Dr. Derek Hauser or Dr. Mark Phillipe. … Read more

How to Improve Gum Health

Prevent Gum Disease All too often, gum health is taken for granted. The importance of looking after the teeth is widely accepted, but for many, oral health stops there. Learn how to improve gum health before tooth loss and expensive dental treatments you can avoid with the right care. Gum health is essential. If this is overlooked, it can lead to gum disease, tooth decay and can impact upon a person’s general health. In this article, the ways to improve gum health and prevent gum disease will be discussed. What is the Function of the Gums? Before delving into the … Read more

Second CEREC Primescan Purchase Expands Cosmetic Dentistry Services

Same-Day CEREC Crowns Lakefront Family Dentistry is committed to providing patients with the highest quality dental services throughout Riverside County and the Inland Empire. Therefore, the practice recently bought a second Primescan machine—part of an ongoing effort to expand the practice’s CEREC cosmetic dentistry capabilities. “With the purchase of this equipment, we can expand our same-day dentistry services, which includes same-day crowns,” said Dr. Mark Phillipe, DDS. “This allows us to offer more efficient and less invasive cosmetic dentistry services to our patients.” Cutting-Edge Technology and Services The private dental practice now has two of the most technically advanced intraoral … Read more