Greg Miyake DDS Dental Blog

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





08/15/2013 - 10:02

Your oral health is more than important to your smile. While everyone wants as nice a smile as they can have, it is more important for your teeth and gums to be healthy for bite functionality. This allows you to consume food and beverages without discomfort. For people suffering from gum disease or missing teeth, the pain, difficulty, or discomfort they feel may impact their nutritional intake as well.

Seeing Dr. Miyake and the experienced dental team at his Fresno area practice about your general oral hygiene twice a year is very important. This allows us to take x-rays, check for lesions and cavities, as well as clean your teeth to avoid the possibility of gum disease. Prevention is the goal, and these visits allow Dr. Miyake to correct any problems he sees while they are still very small.

Oral Health and Body Connection

Although you may be aware of the importance of biannual cleanings, you should also be aware that there have been studies that link the bacteria in your mouth to such things as heart attacks, strokes, and other serious health problems. This is because the bacteria can get into your bloodstream and travel to different places in your body. So, when you visit Dr. Miyake for your general dental cleaning, you are not only protecting your mouth, but your overall system.

If you are in the Fresno, Clovis, or Madera, California area, and are in need of a general dentist, please contact Gregory G. Miyake, DDS to schedule an appointment today.

08/12/2013 - 06:24

The best way to prevent common oral health issues such as tooth decay and gum disease is by adopting a consistent oral hygiene routine. During your regularly scheduled visits to Madera dentist Gregory D. Miyake, we will discuss your daily routine to help you learn the most effective ways to maintain optimal oral health.

At-Home

Your daily routine should consist of:

·         Brushing your teeth – Using a soft bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste, brush your teeth for at least two minutes after every meal and snack

·         Flossing – At least once a day, use a clean section of floss to remove food particles and plaque from in between your teeth

You can help maximize results by avoiding food high in starch and simple carbohydrates, as well as by choosing snacks and beverages that do not contain sugar.

Office Visits

Your at-home routine should be complimented by biannual general dentistry visits to Madera dentist Gregory Miyake. These visits give us an opportunity to thoroughly clean your teeth and Dr. Miyake an opportunity to check for common dental problems.

Maintaining a strong at-home routine and keeping your regularly scheduled visits can help you prevent serious issues from occurring and ensure your teeth and gums stay healthy for a lifetime.

If you are looking for a dentist in the Madera, California area, please contact Gregory D. Miyake today to schedule an informative consultation.

08/09/2013 - 07:24

What are porcelain crowns used for?

Porcelain crowns are used to protect and strengthen teeth. Tulare dentist Dr. Gregory Miyake often uses dental crowns to strengthen teeth that have been broken or are weakened by chips, fissures, large fillings, and significant decay, as well as to protect teeth following a root canal. Crowns can also be used with dental bridges and dental implants to replace missing teeth.

Why use porcelain for crowns?

Porcelain is an incredibly strong material that is ideal for dental restorations. In addition to being strong, porcelain is stain resistant and can be colored to match adjacent teeth, allowing crowns made of this material to fit seamlessly into your smile.

How long does it take to place porcelain crowns?

The placement of crowns takes two office visits. During your first visit, your tooth will be prepared and an impression will be made from which our dental lab partners can customize your porcelain crown. On your second visit, your custom crown will be placed.

How do I care for my porcelain crowns?

Caring for crowns is no different than caring for your natural teeth. You will want to brush after every meal and snack, floss at least once daily, and visit our office for biannual cleanings and examinations. Dr. Miyake will be happy to discuss oral care following crown placement in detail during your appointment.

If you live in the Tulare, California area and have questions about porcelain crowns, please contact Gregory D. Miyake today to schedule an informative consultation.

08/05/2013 - 07:49

The single most common cause of tooth staining is that which you put into your mouth. Dark colored beverages, sugary foods and drinks, tobacco products, even certain fruits and vegetables will, without fail, darken and stain teeth.

The best way to minimize stains is through adopting a consistent oral hygiene routine complete with brushing after every meal and snack and flossing at least once a day. However, even the most rigorous dental hygiene routine may fail to remove all stains, necessitating a more advanced solution.

Tulare Teeth Whitening

Tulare cosmetic dentist Dr. Gregory Miyake is pleased to offer professional teeth whitening solutions for every need. In-office, Dr. Miyake utilizes Zoom!, which can effectively remove stains and lighten your teeth up to eight shades in as little as one hour. For patients who prefer to whiten at home, Dr. Miyake offers customized take-home kits that can safely and thoroughly whiten every tooth in your mouth over a one month period. The right option for you will be based on your needs and desires, and can best be determined by Dr. Miyake during your teeth whitening consultation.

To learn more about your teeth whitening options in the Tulare area of California, please contact Gregory D. Miyake today to schedule an initial consultation.

07/26/2013 - 15:44

Cosmetic dentistry can not only give you a straighter, whiter looking smile, it can also make your mouth healthier and happier. If you answer yes to any of the following questions, it could be time for your cosmetic dentistry makeover in our Fresno office.

  • Do you refrain from smiling to hide your yellowing teeth?
  • Do you have unsightly cracked teeth?
  • Do you hide your laugh behind your hand to cover your crooked teeth?
  • Are you embarrassed by missing teeth?
  • Are you tired of dealing with the hassle of dentures?
  • Do you avoid photographs so you don't have to see your smile posted on facebook?

Dr. Gregory G. Miyake can help you find the right cost dental solution for all of these problems. Whether you need teeth whitening or dental implants, we can customize your dental treatment plan and give you the personalized attention you need for your smile makeover.

If you're ready to see how cosmetic dentistry can brighten your smile at a reasonable cost, please call 559-478-2235 or contact Dr. Gregory G. Miyake to schedule your consultation with an experienced Fresno cosmetic dentist. We serve patients in and around Fresno, Clovis and Madera, California.

07/22/2013 - 08:24

The younger you introduce your child to regular visits to the dentist and a good at-home oral health care routine, the more likely they will be to take good care of their teeth and avoid common dental problems later in life.

In recent years the occurrence of cavities in preschool-aged children has been increasing. Some children develop cavities as early as two years old, and more than one in four children have developed a cavity by reaching the age of four.

Taking your child to visit the dentist around their first birthday will allow you to:

  • Learn how to care properly for incoming teeth
  • Discuss the link between diet and good oral health
  • Learn how habits like thumb sucking may affect tooth development
  • Start developing your child's relationship and comfort with the dentist

With early childhood visits to the dentist, your child is more likely to see general dentistry as a regular part of life and not develop the fear that so many adults have of going in for a dental checkup.

If your child is ready for their first dental visit, please call 559-478-2235 or contact Dr. Gregory G. Miyake to schedule your appointment with an experienced Fresno family dentist. We serve patients in and around Fresno, Clovis and Madera, California.

07/19/2013 - 13:43

When you are considering your options for restoring a smile that is missing teeth, you'll want to discuss the benefits and risks of dental implants with Fresno dentist Dr. Gregory G. Miyake. Dr. Miyake is an LVI trained dentist with years of experience with implant dentistry. He can help you make the right decision for your smile restoration.

The many advantages of dental implants include:

  • Long-lasting and durable solution.
  • Minimal damage to adjacent teeth.
  • Natural look and feel.
  • Improved speech and function.

Dental implants will blend in with your natural teeth. Because they are connected to your jawbone, you will benefit from their added strength in your bite.

Getting dental implants does require surgery, and like any surgery there are risks associated with implant dentistry, including:

  • Infection at the implant site.
  • Rejection of the implant by your body.
  • Nerve damage.
  • Sinus problems with upper jaw implants.

Dr. Miyake will discuss the potential complications involved with implant dentistry and help you make an informed decision about whether dental implants are the right solution for your dental restoration.

If you are considering dental implants for your missing or decaying teeth, please call 559-478-2235 or contact Dr. Gregory G. Miyake  for your consultation about your implant dentistry options in our Fresno, California, office.

07/15/2013 - 08:23

If you are looking for a Clovis area family dentist, we welcome you to visit Dr. Gregory G. Miyake's office. Dr. Miyake has provided exceptional dental services to his patients for over 30 years.

Dr. Miyake is an LVI (Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies) trained dentist who believes in personalized service for every patient. Whether you are 25 or 85 or bringing your child in for their first dental exam, Dr. Miyake takes the time to get to know you and treat your dental problems with a customized plan.

We offer a full spectrum of services that range from dental cleanings to dental implants. As a skilled cosmetic dentist, Dr. Miyake can work with you to create a functional and pleasing smile to show the world. If you are looking for a family dentist to see to all of your dental needs, Dr. Miyake can provide general dentistry and restorative cosmetic services for every member of your family.

Bring your entire family in for general and cosmetic dentistry services at our office. Please call 559-478-2235 or contact Dr. Gregory G. Miyake to schedule your consultation with an experienced Clovis area family dentist. We serve patients in and around Fresno, Clovis and Madera, California.

07/15/2013 - 08:43

If fear of the dentist has kept you from maintaining protecting your teeth and gums through general dentistry or from perfecting your smile through cosmetic dentistry services, Fresno sedation dentist Dr. Gregory Miyake may have just the solution you have been looking for. With sedation dentistry, Dr. Miyake can help put you completely at ease, allowing you to feel comfortable and free of anxiety during even longer dental treatments.

To discuss your options with our Fresno, California sedation dentist, please contact Gregory G. Miyake, DDS or call (559) 224-0103 today to schedule an initial consultation.

Types of Sedation

Dr. Miyake offers two types of sedation:

  • Nitrous oxide – also known as “laughing gas,” nitrous oxide is a wonderful solution for people with mild to moderate levels of dental phobia or anxiety
  • Oral sedation – for patients with moderate to severe dental phobia, oral sedation is best. Administered prior to your appointment, oral sedation allows you to become complete relaxed before you step foot in our office

The type of sedation that is best for you will be based on your personal needs and determined by Dr. Miyake during your sedation dentistry consultation.

To discuss your sedation options with our experienced Fresno sedation dentist, please contact us today. Dr. Miyake is honored to help people living in and around the Fresno, Clovis, and Madera areas of California overcome their dental phobias.

07/15/2013 - 08:46

Both dental implants and dental bridges are solutions for replacing missing teeth, but dental implants offer a stronger, longer-lasting, and more reliable hold. Dr. Gregory Miyake offers both solutions for our patients. During your Fresno implant dentistry consultation, he can help you determine which option is best for your smile.

If you live in or around Fresno, California and are missing one or more teeth, please contact Gregory G. Miyake, DDS or call (559) 224-0103 today to schedule an implant dentistry consultation.

Differences between Bridges and Implants
 

Dental implants are secured into your jawbone where they act as a replacement tooth root. In doing so, dental implants prevent jaw collapse and provide a solid foundation for your dental restoration. Implants do not rely on adjacent teeth for support and, once placed, have the potential of providing a lifetime of support.

Dental bridges utilize adjacent teeth for support, requiring preparation that can weaken surrounding teeth. Bridges hold dental crowns on top of the gums and provide full restoration of bite strength and related functions, but cannot prevent jaw shrinkage. With time, you will need to have your bridge adjusted to ensure its continued comfort.

Both bridges and implants offer a good solution for replacing missing teeth, but neither one is right for every patient. Dr. Miyake would be happy to assess your needs during your initial consultation to help you determine which option is right for you.

To schedule an implant dentistry consultation with our experienced Fresno dentist, please contact us today. Dr. Miyake provides both dental bridge and implant dentistry options to people living in and around Fresno, Clovis, and Madera, California.

(559)224-0103

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