Greg Miyake DDS Dental Blog

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

07/12/2013 - 10:06

Dental implants can enhance the look of your smile and provide the functionality you need to eat the foods you enjoy and speak without impediment. Choosing dental implants has many advantages, including:

  • Long-term solution. Dental implants will generally last longer than other restorative solutions. They can last for decades with proper care and regular dental checkups.
  • Durable and strong. Implants provide a strong, tooth-like structure that will reduce the load on your other teeth and help to maintain your overall oral health. They are attached to your jaw to provide good bite strength and function.
  • Preserve natural teeth. Adjacent teeth do not need to be cut down for implant placement, so dental implants will allow you to keep more of your original tooth structure than traditional dental bridges.
  • Easy to clean. You can brush and floss dental implants just like your natural teeth. There is no special routine to follow to keep up with your oral hygiene.

If you are missing teeth and are tired of dealing with dentures, please call 559-224-0103 or contact Dr. Gregory G. Miyake to learn how dental implants can improve the health, beauty, and functionality of your smile. We serve patients in and around Fresno, Clovis and Madera, California.

07/08/2013 - 13:43

With the right cosmetic dentist, you can improve not only the look of your smile but also the overall health of your mouth. Dr. Gregory G. Miyake has been helping patients find their brighter, whiter smile for over 30 years, and he is dedicated to improving the health and function of your smile along with its aesthetic appeal.

Many factors go into an attractive smile. An experienced cosmetic dentist like Dr. Miyake has an eye for creating the right shape and proportion for your teeth. Attention to the small details will make your smile blend well with your facial features and enhance your natural beauty.

Function is also very important in cosmetic dentistry. A straight, white smile that doesn't improve your ability to chew or provide long-lasting results isn't worth your time and effort. Dr. Miyake uses state-of-the-art materials to design customized dental enhancements for each patient to make sure that form and function meet your aesthetic goals in the restoration of your smile.  

If you need good cosmetic dental care to restore your smile, please call 559-224-0103 or contact Dr. Gregory G. Miyake for experienced and professional care from a Clovis area cosmetic dentist. We serve patients in Fresno, Clovis and Madera, California. 

07/05/2013 - 15:57

Visiting your Clovis area dentist for teeth whitening will ensure that you get your brightest, whitest smile, but you can take steps at home to help keep your teeth whiter. Try these simple home remedies.

  • Floss daily. Many people don't floss as often as they should, but this simple act will help remove the staining tartar and plaque that could build up between your teeth. Cleaning between your teeth makes them healthier and whiter.
  • Eat your veggies. Fibrous, crunchy vegetables like apples, carrots and celery can actually help to clean your teeth. Chewing them removes excess food and bacteria from your mouth, and it also helps to scrub away surface stains.
  • Hydrate. Drinking enough water has many health benefits, but drinking water between meals and right after a meal will help wash out debris that could cause cavities and tooth decay if left on your teeth.
  • Drink through a straw. If you can't give up your teeth-staining coffee and soft drinks, then try drinking through a straw so that the dark liquids don't stain the enamel on your front teeth.

Don't forget that keeping up with your regularly scheduled visits with your dentist will help you stay on top of your oral health care.

If your teeth need whitening, please call 559-224-0103 or contact Dr. Gregory G. Miyake to schedule your consultation with an experienced Clovis area dentist. We serve patients in and around Fresno, Clovis and Madera, California.

07/01/2013 - 15:44

Porcelain crowns can last a lifetime. At our Clovis area office, Dr. Gregory G. Miyake uses state-of-the-art dental materials to make long-lasting and durable dental crowns for our general dentistry patients. Once your crown is in place, you should take steps at home to ensure the longevity of your crowns.

  • Avoid hard foods. Don't chew on ice or hard candies. These can put too much pressure on your dental crown and cause the porcelain to crack.
  • Don't use your teeth as tools. Biting off string or tape puts unnecessary pressure on your crowns. Reach for the scissors and save your dental work.
  • Maintain good dental hygiene. The porcelain in your crown will not decay, but the tooth under it can. You still have to keep up with your daily oral health care to keep your teeth in good health.

Depending on your lifestyle and care of your dental crowns, they may last from 5 to 30 years. It's important to keep your regularly scheduled checkups and oral hygiene routine to ensure the maximum life of your dental crowns.

If you are suffering with teeth that have been weakened by cracks or decay and you need dental crowns, please call 559-224-0103 or contact Dr. Gregory G. Miyake for a consultation with an experienced Clovis area dentist. 

06/28/2013 - 12:13

Perhaps the least expensive and most effective way to prevent gum disease is by adopting a consistent oral health and hygiene routine. However, brushing after every meal and snack is not enough to remove food particles and plaque from in between your teeth. Flossing at least once, but preferably twice a day is essential for maintaining proper oral health and preventing gum disease.

Professional Services

Every six months, you should come to our Fresno office for general dentistry services such as cleanings and examinations. The frequency of these appointments is important as gum disease can spread quickly and lead to serious problems when not caught early on. In addition, issues such as tooth decay, oral cancer, and even neuromuscular disorders such as TMJ can be diagnosed during your biannual visits, making them an important part of your overall oral healthcare.

Dr. Gregory Miyake has over three decades of experience helping men and women throughout the Fresno area maintain proper oral health and prevent issues such as gum disease. During your regularly scheduled appointments he will be happy to discuss your home routine and help you optimize it to avoid oral health problems and maintain a strong and healthy smile for years to come.

To schedule a general dentistry appointment at our Fresno, California office, please contact Gregory G. Miyake, DDS or call 559-224-0103 today.

06/21/2013 - 12:09

Dental implants are small titanium screws that are inserted into your gums to hold a restoration, such as a dental crown, in place. There are a number of advantages offered by dental implants, particularly when you compare them to other forms of tooth replacement.

Dental implants:

  • Provide full restoration of strength and function
  • Don not rely on adjacent teeth for support
  • Will not slip or fall out
  • Produce a natural-looking, aesthetically pleasing end-result
  • Prevent jaw shrinkage and collapse

All forms of tooth replacement can help restore strength and beauty, but dental implants alone offer all of these amazing benefits.


Once inserted, dental implants undergo a process known as osseointegration. This is the process through which your implant is accepted as a new tooth root, allowing it to not only secure into your jawbone, but to prevent your jawbone from changing shape or shrinking.

The process of osseointegration can take upwards of six months, but is very well worth the wait when one considers the benefits of permanent tooth replacement. Fresno implant dentist Dr. Gregory Miyake can discuss this with you in more detail during your initial consultation.

If you would like to learn if dental implants are right for you, please contact Gregory G. Miyake, DDS or call 559-224-0103 today to schedule an initial consultation at our comfortable Fresno, California office.

10/03/2012 - 08:49


Some stains and tooth discoloration can be addressed with a simple teeth whitening solution. However, deep stains and those underneath the enamel caused by mineralization or certain medications may prove impervious to bleaching techniques. In fact, bleaching teeth with these types of stains can actually accentuate their discoloration by whitening the areas around the stain. If your tooth discoloration cannot be treated with in-office or take-home whiteners, porcelain veneers may be the best solution.

Whitening Teeth with Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are placed over the front of your teeth, allowing them to eliminate the appearance of stains and discoloration. In addition, porcelain veneers can perfect the appearance of smiles marred by cosmetic imperfections such as teeth that are:

  • Crooked
  • Irregularly sized
  • Gapped
  • Chipped
  • Cracked

Particularly useful for people who suffer from a number of common cosmetic dental problems, porcelain veneers can be used alone or in conjunction with teeth whitening to provide you with a brilliantly white, flawlessly beautiful smile.

During your initial consultation, Fresno cosmetic dentist Dr. Greg Miyake can assess your smile and help you determine the teeth whitening options best for you.

If you live in or around Fresno, Clovis, or Madera, California and would like to learn more about your teeth whitening options, please contact Gregory G. Miyake, DDS to schedule an initial consultation today.


10/03/2012 - 08:45


No doubt you know that general oral hygiene is necessary for fresh breath and healthy teeth and gums. Yet even so, many people remain perplexed as to what good dental hygiene entails.

In short, dental hygiene requires keeping your teeth and gums healthy through an oral care routine. This obviously includes visiting Fresno dentist Dr. Greg Miyake twice a year for professional teeth cleanings and thorough examinations. It also includes a daily dental hygiene routine that keeps your teeth free of decay and disease in between visits.

Taking Care of Your Teeth

Taking care of your teeth is easy. In less than a combined ten minutes a day, you can accomplish everything you need to maintain optimal dental health.

All you need to do is:

·         Brush your teeth with a soft bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste after every meal and snack

·         Floss in between every tooth at least once a day

·         Limit your intake of sugary foods and beverages

With those simple steps, you can help keep your teeth free of decay and your gums free of disease while also maintaining fresh breath and a bright, white smile.

If you live in the areas of Fresno, Clovis, or Madera, California and would like to learn more about proper dental hygiene, please contact Gregory G. Miyake, DDS to schedule an appointment today.

10/03/2012 - 08:44


Your teeth are necessary for biting, chewing, and speaking. Healthy teeth and gums are also important for fresh breath and overall oral comfort. More than that, however, your teeth can be an indication of your general health, making twice yearly general dentistry visits to our office an important part of your preventative healthcare routine.

Teeth and Systemic Problems

During your regularly scheduled visits, Fresno dentist Dr. Greg Miyake will carefully examine your teeth and gums. Partly this is to ensure general oral hygiene and check for signs of tooth decay or gum disease, but that’s not all your teeth have to say.

Things Dr. Miyake will look for include:

  • Uneven tooth wear to indicate stress or neuromuscular disorders
  • Sores or growths to indicate cancer or skin diseases
  • Weak, crumbly teeth to indicate gastroesophageal problems
  • Chronic dry mouth to indicate certain autoimmune disorders of diabetes

These and other health issues can be detected through regular visits to our office. If problems are noticed, Dr. Miyake will discuss what needs to be done to prevent them from becoming serious or even life-threatening issues.

If you live in or around Fresno, Clovis, or Madera, California and would like to learn more about the importance of biannual dental examinations, please contact Gregory G. Miyake, DDS to schedule an initial consultation today.

10/03/2012 - 08:42


When you are working with an experienced Fresno dentist like Dr. Greg Miyake, there will be some crossover between general and cosmetic dentistry. Dr. Miyake strives to provide the most aesthetically pleasing and functionally sound solutions for every issue you may be facing with your smile. However, in general terms, these two branches of dentistry are not the same thing.

General Dentistry

Fresno dentist Dr. Greg Miyake’s general dentistry services include biannual visits for cleanings and examinations in addition to services such as dental fillings, dental crowns and bridges, and other restorative procedures intended to strengthen and protect your smile. General dentistry is concerned with the prevention, detection, and treatment of common dental issues.

Cosmetic Dentistry

Our Fresno cosmetic dentist offers cosmetic dentistry services such as teeth whitening, porcelain veneers, dental bonding, and dental implants. Crowns, bridges, and tooth colored fillings may also be a part of the aesthetic perfection of your smile as well, but are not exclusively cosmetic services.

Cosmetic dentistry can strengthen your teeth and improve the function of your smile, but its primary focus is beauty.

Dr. Miyake is pleased to offer a complete selection of cosmetic and general dentistry services to increase your convenience and provide you the comprehensive dental care you deserve.

If you are looking for a one-stop-shop for all of your dental needs in the Fresno, Clovis, or Madera areas of California, please contact Gregory G. Miyake, DDS to schedule an initial consultation today.

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