A Missing Tooth in Your Smile Can Often Be Replaced by a Dental Implant

When a tooth is knocked out, extracted or lost to severe tooth decay, it can have a serious negative impact on your appearance and quality of life. One of the most effective methods Dr. Susan Chmiel recommends for restoring the function and appearance of a lost tooth is to have... Read more »

Antiseptic Mouthwash is Not a Viable Replacement for Flossing

When residual food particles and plaque are not removed between teeth and along the gumline, they can quickly harden into dangerous tartar. This greatly increases your chances of developing problems with tooth decay and gum disease. In recent years, certain antiseptic mouthwash manufacturers have made claims that their products are... Read more »

A Basic Filling Can Often Be Used to Repair a Cavity or Small Area of Tooth Decay

A cavity is a term used to describe a small-to-medium-sized area of tooth decay. It forms when the pervasive bacteria in your mouth work to exploit weakened tooth enamel. While most cavities are a result of an ineffective or inconsistent oral hygiene routine, they can also result from insufficient fluoride... Read more »

The Risks of Sharing Your Toothbrush

Do you ever consider using someone else’s toothbrush? Do you think using a toothbrush isn’t a problem, especially if you’re only sharing with a significant other? Would you be surprised to learn that you should actually never share your toothbrush with anyone? As you’ve probably guessed, you also shouldn’t lend... Read more »

First-Aid Tips to Safely Remove Food or a Foreign Object from Your Gumline

It’s quite common for a piece of food to get caught between your teeth or in your gums. Sometimes, these piece of food can get stubbornly stuck in your gumline. This could be even more serious if you have a bad habit of chewing on objects, like pencils, pens, and... Read more »

Be Sure to Include Your Bridge When You Brush and Floss

Even though your new bridge is made from materials that will not succumb to the bacterial effects of tooth decay, you will still need to include it in your daily oral hygiene routine. Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, can still pose a serious threat to the lifespan of... Read more »

How Fluoride Strengthens Your Teeth

Did you know that the enamel layer of your teeth is the hardest substance in the human body? But it shouldn’t seem too surprising, given the amount of biting and chewing of hard, crunchy food we are able to do. But strong as it is, tooth enamel isn’t invincible. One... Read more »

Taking Adequate Care of Your New Temporary Crown

When Drs. Timothy Ross & Susan Chmiel cemented a temporary crown over the abutment in your mouth, it was intended to protect the abutment long enough for the dental lab to complete your permanent crown. It’s important to remember that the temporary crown does not actually restore the full function... Read more »

An Extracted Tooth Can Effectively be Restored with a Bridge

Severe tooth decay, extreme fractures, cracks or a partially knocked out tooth can sometimes be so severe that the tooth in question cannot be saved by a root canal and thus requires extraction. Unfortunately, this can compromise your mouth in several ways. At first it might only limit your ability... Read more »

The Importance of Oral Cancer Screenings

April has been designated as Oral Cancer Awareness Month. Did you know that oral cancer accounts for 85% of all head and neck cancers? And while nearly 10,000 people die every year because of it, many of those deaths are preventable. Early detection dramatically improves treatability, and oral cancer screenings... Read more »