Greg Miyake DDS Dental Blog

Fresno Dentist Serving Madera, Clovis, Visalia, Tulare & Nearby Areas in California

08/28/2017 - 16:34

Clovis implant dentistryWhen considering how to replace a missing tooth, you might think about turning to implant dentistry. Dental implants offer a number of advantages over other tooth replacement options – they're inconspicuous, and they arrest the loss of jawbone density that's associated with a missing tooth.

But one of the biggest calling cards for a dental implant is the implant's durability. If properly maintained, a dental implant can last for decades.

This is partially a reflection of the strong, sturdy materials used in the construction of dental implants. But it's also a result of a process known as osseointegration.

After we place an implant in your jawbone, we will have to wait for a few months before moving forward with the next step. This is because your jaw is slowly integrating the implant into its structure. This is osseointegration – it is, essentially, the process of taking this piece of foreign material and making it part of your body.

Once osseointegration is complete, your implant will be firmly rooted inside your jawbone. It will, for all intents and purposes, be part of your jawbone. This provides your replacement tooth (usually a porcelain dental crown) with an incredibly strong and sturdy foundation.

If you live in or around Clovis, California and you have questions about how implant dentistry works or how it can work for you, please call Dr. Gregory G. Miyake, DDS today at 559-224-0103.

08/24/2017 - 17:17

Clovis teeth whiteningThere's no doubt that our Clovis-area patients are interested in achieving bright, white, photogenic smiles. It's hard to overstate the importance of a confident, beautiful smile in your personal and professional lives. This is why teeth whitening is so popular with so many of our patients.

Of course, while our teeth whitening treatments are all safe and effective, they're not right for everyone. A crucial part of successfully achieving your cosmetic dentistry goals is undergoing only the procedures that are right for you.

The good news when it comes to teeth whitening is that most patients are excellent candidates for some sort of professional whitening treatment. The crucial consideration is that your teeth and gums should be basically healthy. If you suffer from gum disease or tooth decay, teeth whitening isn't the right choice – you'll need to address the more serious concerns before moving forward with whitening.

The other thing we'll have to evaluate is the cause of your teeth staining. If you have stains that are caused by tetracycline, for example, teeth whitening probably won't be effective. You'll need to consider other options for restoring your smile.

But these are all questions we can answer at an in-person consultation. Modern, professional teeth whitening is a pleasant, comfortable, effective experience, and not one you need to worry about. This is why it's always a good idea to opt for our professional teeth whitening treatments instead of the over-the-counter products available at your local drug store.

If you live in or around Clovis, California and you want to explore teeth whitening, please call Dr. Gregory G. Miyake, DDS today at 559-224-0103.

08/23/2017 - 17:11

Fresno InvisalignIf you're suffering from a jaw or bite mis-alignment in the Fresno area, it's important that you address that immediately. Re-aligning your jaw is crucial. Among your many orthodontic options is Invisalign®, an exciting choice if you want an orthodontic treatment that is more comfortable and inconspicuous.

Traditionally, orthodontic adjustment was accomplished through the application of metal braces. Braces are generally effective, but they have a number of drawbacks, especially for adult professionals.

Invisalign® addresses these drawbacks, which makes it – for many patients – a vastly superior option compared with traditional metal braces. The advantages Invisalign® offers include:

  • Clear plastic aligners that are completely invisible
  • No need for uncomfortable and unpleasant tightening appointments
  • A much more comfortable fit
  • Easily removable at meal times, ensuring you don't get food caught under wires

Many of our patients love Invisalign® because they don't have to be embarrassed by the appearance of traditional metal braces during a business meeting or on a date with a romantic partner. Put simply, Invisalign® is a wonderful option for a lot of people.

Is it the right option for you? The only way to know for sure is to arrange an appointment at our office for a consultation and examination. We'll help you find the right orthodontic treatment for you.

If you live in or around Fresno, California and you think Invisalign® might represent the right choice for you, please call Dr. Gregory G. Miyake, DDS today at 559-224-0103.


08/10/2017 - 12:57

Fresno sleep apnea dentistIt's long been understood that Fresno-area residents who are suffering from sleep apnea need to seek treatment as soon as possible. It's a serious condition, and treating it is absolutely crucial if you are to return to restful, restorative sleep and avoid the significant health problems associated with sleep apnea.

And now, there's another consideration to be aware of: a new study has found a link between sleep apnea and Alzheimer's.

You can read more details of the study in this Washington Post story. But some of the details are truly fascinating. Three studies, conducted by researchers at Wheaton College in Illinois, found that those suffering from sleep apnea saw significant increases in a certain kind of biomarker associated with Alzheimer's.

Researchers speculate that, since the brain clears up these deposits during sleep, a loss of sleep can prevent the brain from fully recovering, increasing an individual's vulnerability to Alzheimer's.

Any initial studies of this sort should be considered preliminary, and there are still a lot of questions about the nature of these links. However, these findings are important and interesting, and they speak to the importance of addressing your sleep apnea as soon as possible.

Dr. Miyake can diagnose your sleep apnea and help you find the best possible long-term solution.

If you live in or around Fresno, California and you need to find treatment for your sleep apnea condition, please call Dr. Gregory G. Miyake today at 559-224-0103.

08/04/2017 - 00:00

Fresno snoring treatmentMany individuals in the Fresno area snore. This is easy to dismiss – after all, don't most people snore? Is it really that big a deal? But these sentiments, while understandable, are misguided. If you're a chronic snorer, it's important that you seek snoring treatment as soon as possible.

Why? Because while any individual episode of snoring might be easy to ignore, chronic snoring could be a sign of something more serious: sleep apnea.

Chronic snoring is one of the most common and important symptoms of sleep apnea. And this is a serious condition, not one to ignore. If left untreated, sleep apnea can do more than just interrupt your sleep – it can negatively affect your overall health and well-being by increasing your risk of serious health conditions such as:

  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Diabetes
  • Depression
  • Hypertension

If you suffer from chronic snoring (and if you don't know whether you do, your sleep partner surely does), you need to seek treatment as soon as possible. Don't put this off – when it comes to sleep apnea, the sooner you treat the condition, the better.

And the good news is you don't have to go far for this treatment. Dr. Miyake has decades of experience treating sleep apnea and helping people like you return to restful, restorative sleep.

If you need snoring treatment in the Fresno, California area, please call Dr. Gregory G. Miyake today at 559-224-0103.

07/31/2017 - 17:49

Clovis dental implantsIf you're missing a tooth (or multiple teeth), replacement is vital, and it needs to happen as soon as possible. For many of our Clovis-area patients, that means dental implants, which represent a durable, long lasting tooth replacement option.

However, many patients are a little wary of this tooth replacement option because they're worried about the process of placing dental implants. They've heard horror stories, and they're afraid of what lies ahead if they choose this course of action.

We want to address those concerns. Every patient is unique, but here's the broad outline of what you can expect from your dental implant process:

  • First, we need to evaluate you to ensure you're a good candidate for implants – you have enough bone density in your jaw to support an implant and your gums are in good health.
  • Once we've determined implants are right for you and we've made all of our preparations, we will place the titanium implant deep within your jaw during a surgical procedure.
  • Then, we wait between three and six months for the implant to fully integrate into your jawbone – this process is known as “osseointegration.”
  • Once osseointegration is complete and the implant has fully fused with your jawbone, we place a small titanium rod, called an abutment on the implant. The abutment will connect the dental implant with your prosthetic tooth.
  • Dr. Miyake will take an impression of your tooth and bite which will be used by the lab in creating the dental crown that will be used as your replacement tooth.
  • Once the crown has been completed by the lab, Dr. Miyake will attach it to the abutment. At this point, you'll be able to enjoy all the benefits of your fully functional replacement tooth.

Now, we won't lie to you. As you can see, this process definitely requires a significant investment of time. But that is a key reason why dental implants are so strong and durable – your implant will be firmly rooted in your jawbone, a claim other tooth replacement options cannot make.

If you live in or around Clovis, California and you have questions about dental implants, please call Dr. Gregory G. Miyake today at 559-224-0103 for a consultation and examination.

07/21/2017 - 00:00

choosing a Clovis cosmetic dentistThese days, there are a lot of offices in and around Clovis offering cosmetic dentistry services. Cosmetic dentistry is big business – everyone wants a beautiful smile, and cosmetic procedures help tremendously.

But this poses a problem for you: how do you make your choice? You know the right dentist makes a difference, but how are you supposed to evaluate your options and make an informed decision?

The first thing to remember is that there is no substitute for experience. Many dentists offer cosmetic services in order to make a little extra money, but they aren't necessarily experienced in the field. Dr. Miyake is – he has been performing cosmetic dentistry procedures for more than 30 years. He understands how different procedures can work together to create a more beautiful aesthetic smile.

Secondly, make sure the dentist you choose offers the procedures that you and your family needs. “Cosmetic dentistry” is a broad term, and not every dentist offers every procedure. Have a clear sense of what you want to achieve with cosmetic dentistry, and then ask prospective dentists if they have the right procedures to help you meet that goal.

Of course, we know this won't answer all of your questions. We're happy to talk to you about our practice, answer your questions, address your concerns and demonstrate to you why our office is the right choice for you.

If you live in or around Clovis, California and you need high-quality cosmetic dentistry, please call Dr. Gregory G. Miyake today at 559-224-0103 to schedule a consultation.

07/18/2017 - 17:56

Clovis tooth whiteningThere's no doubt that our Clovis-area patients want bright, white, photogenic teeth. A beautiful smile is an invaluable asset, and teeth whitening can absolutely help achieve this goal. Of course, prevention is always the best medicine, and being aware of how and why teeth get stained in the first place is the first step toward keeping them in a beautiful state.

To be sure, you can do everything right and still find yourself with stained, discolored teeth. In these cases, teeth whitening is exceptionally helpful. But that's no reason not to be vigilant.

Here are common causes of tooth discoloration:

  • Age
  • Genetics
  • Smoking
  • Certain foods and beverages can stain your teeth – examples include wine, soda, tea and coffee
  • Certain medications, including tetracycline and doxycycline
  • Trauma
  • Certain diseases

It's also important to understand why your teeth are stained and discolored since the cause can affect the treatment. Some forms of staining are not amenable to traditional teeth whitening treatments. As a result, it's vital that you be open and honest with us about your medical history, diet and current medications.

Once we identify a cause of your discoloration, we can talk about solutions. We have helped hundreds of patients restore their beautiful smiles using our advanced, proven whitening solutions.

If you live in or around Clovis, California and you have questions about teeth whitening, please call Dr. Gregory G. Miyake today at 559-224-0103 for a consultation and examination.


06/30/2017 - 00:00

Fresno porcelain veneersFinding the right dental procedure for you is absolutely crucial. Dr. Miyake will not perform any procedure that is not appropriate for you and your specific needs. Many of our Fresno area patients come to us asking about porcelain veneers, and we first ensure that veneers are the right choice.

There are a few criteria for an ideal porcelain veneers candidate, but the most important criteria is simply ensuring that you have a problem that veneers can address. Porcelain veneers are popular, and for good reason, but that doesn't mean they're right for everyone.

Here are the conditions that porcelain veneers are designed to address:

  • Chipped or cracked teeth
  • Broken teeth
  • Crowded or irregularly spaced teeth
  • Teeth that are irreparably stained in a way that can't be treated by teeth whitening
  • Twisted or misshapen teeth
  • Teeth with uneven lengths

As you can see, veneers can accomplish a lot. For many patients, porcelain veneers represent an exciting path to a beautiful smile.

Are they right for you? If you have one of the conditions listed above and you're in sound dental health with no active infections, you could very well be a candidate for porcelain veneers. We'll be happy to discuss your options and examine your suitability for this versatile and effective cosmetic dentistry treatment.

If you live in or around Fresno, California and you're curious about porcelain veneers, please call Dr. Gregory G. Miyake, DDS today at 559-224-0103 to schedule a consultation.

06/26/2017 - 11:25

Fresno sleep apnea treatment optionsIf your doctor has diagnosed you with sleep apnea in the Fresno area, you need to seek treatment as soon as possible. This is a serious condition that, if left untreated, can pose a real danger to your health and well-being.

Dr. Miyake will work with your doctor to find a sleep apnea treatment is effective. Every patient is unique, and we understand that what works for one patient might not work for another.

One treatment option that many patients don't enjoy is CPAP, which is short for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure. Essentially, it's a mask connected to a machine that increases the air pressure in your throat, preventing your airway from collapsing while you sleep. It can be effective, but it can also be unpleasant and uncomfortable, which is why our patients come to us seeking alternatives.

In many cases, the “treatment” for sleep apnea is a series of lifestyle adjustments. By losing weight, sleeping on your side, giving up smoking and reducing your consumption of alcohol, you can greatly alleviate your sleep apnea.

Of course, sometimes those changes aren't enough. In these cases, Dr. Miyake and his staff can design a simple dental device for you to wear while you sleep. This oral appliance positions your teeth, gums and jaw in a way that clears your airway and prevents the obstructions that frequently cause sleep apnea. Most patients find oral appliance therapy to be much more comfortable than CPAP, making it a more effective treatment option.

You don't have to simply accept the symptoms of sleep apnea. We can help you regain the restful, restorative sleep you need.

If you're suffering from sleep apnea in or around Fresno, California, please call Dr. Gregory G. Miyake, DDS today at 559-224-0103 to schedule an appointment.


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