Dental Veneers

How is the Entire Body Connected to Your Dental Health?

Whole-Body Health is Connected to the Mouth Most people would be surprised to find out the entire body is connected to the mouth through various systems, including the circulatory and immune systems. The health of a person’s mouth can affect the overall health of the body, and vice versa. For example, poor dental hygiene can lead to gum disease, which has been linked to an increased risk of heart disease and stroke. Certain systemic conditions, … Read more

Can You Go to the Dentist While Pregnant?

Dental Guidelines During Pregnancy Make sure and tell the office staff when making your dental appointment that you are pregnant and how far along, so Dr. Mark Phillipe, DDS, and Dr. Derek Hauser, DDS, have this information for the health and safety of you and your baby. Any recommended dental treatment should be completed before you are pregnant to prevent dental infections and emergencies. IMPORTANT: If you are pregnant and have an emergency or a dental … Read more

Fluoride Treatment vs Tooth Sealant

What Is Fluoride Treatment? Fluoride treatment is a proven and safe way to prevent tooth decay, especially in children who may not be adept at brushing their teeth effectively. At the dentist, fluoride treatment may be applied easily in several different ways, including varnish, foam, or gel. Varnishes are painted onto the teeth with a small brush. Only a small amount is used, and the varnish hardens fairly quickly before being brushed off within 4 … Read more

Bruxism

Bruxism Definition Bruxism is the medical term for the involuntary grinding or clenching of teeth on a habitual basis. When the grinding or clenching is done during waking hours, the condition is called awake bruxism. When done during sleep, the condition is called sleep bruxism. The term is derived from the Greek word brychein, which means “to gnash the teeth.” Both forms of bruxism are considered two distinct conditions with different causes. However, the symptoms … Read more

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 … 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 … 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 … 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 … 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 … 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. … Read more